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Quebec: Talks resume in bid to end student strike

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Quebec: Talks resume in bid to end student strike

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Students and government officials have resumed talks in Quebec City, aimed at ending a standoff over tuition fee hikes.

More than 80 protesters were arrested on Monday night, after gathering outside the building where negotiations are being held.

Students have been taking part in a mass strike for 16 weeks. They are angry over moves to increase fees by 75 per cent in the province.

At the moment, Quebec’s rates are the lowest in Canada – the equivalent of around 1,700 euros a year.

There have been nightly protests, in defiance of a new law that clamps down on demonstrations.

The government says it will not back down over the new fees.