How a Student Movement Can Become a Revolution by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
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August 18, 2012

100 jours contre la hausse

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And so it seems that the student strike in Quebec is slowing down and nearing an end, as the college – CEGEPs – in Quebec have voted to return to class, with roughly 10,000 students having voted to continue the strike, a far reduction from the 175,000 students that were on strike in late April and early May. The strike began in February of 2012 in opposition to a planned 75% increase in the cost of tuition. The students mobilized massive numbers, held mass protests, undertook picket lines at schools, expanded the issue into a wider social movement, and were consistently met with state violence in the form of riot police, pepper spray, tear gas, beatings with batons, being shot with rubber bullets, even being trampled by horses and driven into by police cars. The government enacted Bill 78, assaulting the rights to freely assemble and speak, and put a ‘pause’ on the school semester to end picket actions. Continue reading

Stand Strong and Do Not Despair: Some Thoughts on the Fading Student Movement in Quebec by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
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August 16, 2012

Manifestation 22 Mai 2012 Montreal

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As eight of the fourteen CEGEP preparatory schools have voted to return to class, and thereby end the strike which began in February, Quebec is beginning to witness the fading away of the first phase of the student movement, mobilized by the planned tuition increases, and which expanded into a broader social movement known as the ‘Maple Spring.’ As some students have returned to class, they were met with a heavy police presence, no doubt to ensure ‘order’ during such a “dangerous” situation in which students enter school property. After all, Bill 78, which was passed by Jean Charest’s government back in May (now known as Law 12), made student protests on (or within 50 metres of school property) an illegal act.

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The Maple Spring and the Mafiocracy: Struggling Students versus “Entitled Elites” by Andrew Gavin Marshall

100 jours contre la hausse

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by Andrew Gavin Marshall
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June 3, 2012

It says a great deal about our society when hundreds of thousands of students – already largely indebted, a significant portion of whom live well below the poverty line, who already work what few jobs exist for a generation forgotten before we leave home – take to the streets in protest and are portrayed as “entitled”, “spoiled brats” as they attempt to “negotiate” their very chance of having a future in this society… with a government that supports and works with organized crime, which is beholden to an economic elite, and which supports only those who can already support themselves.

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Their enemy is our enemy by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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June 4, 2012

Manifestation 22 Mai 2012 Montreal

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I gave a talk last week at Canada’s Wilfrid Laurier University to the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Many in the audience had pinned small red squares of felt to their clothing. The carre rouge, or red square, has become the Canadian symbol of revolt. It comes from the French phrase carrement dans le rouge, or “squarely in the red,” referring to those crushed by debt.

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Andrew Gavin Marshall: Montreal Student Protests 101 on Day 101 + Canada vs totalitarian govt crackdown

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
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May 25, 2012

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Andrew Gavin Marshall is a journalist living in Montreal. Andrew is a regular on Russia Today and many radio talk shows and is a wealth of information. In addition to being a brilliant writer, Andrew is also a student in solidarity with the protests against the outrageous tuition hikes…however, what is transpiring in Montreal goes well beyond tuition fees, this has become a fight against fascism and authoritarian control.

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Ten Points Everyone Should Know About the Quebec Student Movement by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
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http://andrewgavinmarshall.com, May 14, 2012
May 20, 2012

The student strikes in Quebec, which began in February and have lasted for three months, involving roughly 175,000 students in the mostly French-speaking Canadian province, have been subjected to a massive provincial and national media propaganda campaign to demonize and dismiss the students and their struggle. The following is a list of ten points that everyone should know about the student movement in Quebec to help place their struggle in its proper global context.

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Meet Canada’s Ruling Oligarchy: Parasites-a-Plenty! by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
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May 10, 2012

The following is Part 7 of the series, “Class War and the College Crisis.”

Part 1: The “Crisis of Democracy” and the Attack on Education

Part 2: The Purpose of Education: Social Uplift or Social Control?

Part 3: Of Prophets, Power, and the Purpose of Intellectuals

Part 4: Student Strikes, Debt Domination, and Class War in Canada

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The Québec Student Strike: From ‘Maple Spring’ to Summer Rebellion? Part 6 by Andrew Gavin Marshall

Une banderolle géante, à la hauteur de la taille de la foule

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by Andrew Gavin Marshall
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http://andrewgavinmarshall.com
April 30, 2012

The following is Part 6 of the series, “Class War and the College Crisis.”

Part 1: The “Crisis of Democracy” and the Attack on Education

Part 2: The Purpose of Education: Social Uplift or Social Control?

Part 3: Of Prophets, Power, and the Purpose of Intellectuals

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Canada’s Economic Collapse and Social Crisis: Class War and the College Crisis, Part 5 by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
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April 24, 2012

Part 1: The “Crisis of Democracy” and the Attack on Education

Part 2: The Purpose of Education: Social Uplift or Social Control?

Part 3: Of Prophets, Power, and the Purpose of Intellectuals

Part 4: Student Strikes, Debt Domination, and Class War in Canada

What are the Spending Priorities of the Government?

In the debate raging over increased costs of tuition in Quebec, increased debt loads of the federal and provincial governments, the need to reduce costs – impose “fiscal austerity” – and find “solutions” to these problems, very little context is given. Continue reading

Student Strikes, Debt Domination, and Class War in Canada: Class War and the College Crisis, Part 4 by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
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April 17, 2012

Part 1: The “Crisis of Democracy” and the Attack on Education

Part 2: The Purpose of Education: Social Uplift or Social Control?

Part 3: Of Prophets, Power, and the Purpose of Intellectuals

There is a process under way in Canada, led by the corporate and financial elite, and directed against the general population, the poor, and the young, intending to provide for the rich and powerful, to punish the poor and steal from the rest, to plunge into poverty, to repress, control, and dominate: this process is called ‘Class War’ and it’s waged by the super-rich against the supposedly superfluous rest. It’s objective is simple: to preserve, protect, and expand the control and domination of the wealthy over the majority.

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Black Bloc: The cancer of the system

Italiano: illustrazione disegnata di un black bloc

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on Mar 5, 2012

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This Week:
1. On May first call in sick
2. How to become a ninja
3. The biggest strike in history
4. Wheelchair resistance!
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