A new anti-protest law in Canada has been formerly challenged by students and unions, following three months of demonstrations against tuition fee hikes.
The new law requires advanced notice of protests and imposes stiff fines on those who disobey. But the coalition of Students, Unions and around 70 community groups have asked the Quebec superior court to suspend parts of it saying it violates the constitution.
Leo Bureau-Blouin, head of the Quebec College Student Federation said:
“We are worried that the Quebec government is attacking our fundamental rights. Such as the right to gather, the right to free speech as well as the right to protest peacefully.”
Many people continue to disobey the law with
nightly marches through the city of Montreal. Initial protests on tuition fees have now turned into a more general movement of people who are unhappy with the government.