Non-Violent-Direct Actions Allegiance
MONTREAL — The unpredictable nightly protests that helped spur a government crackdown have largely been a Montreal-only affair — until now.
Since Premier Jean Charest passed a law last week limiting protests in the province, defiant demonstrations have popped up in cities not known as hotbeds of activism.
Small groups from Granby, south of Montreal, to Jonquiere, north of Quebec City, have joined Montrealers in taking to the streets with pots and pans to protest Bill 78.
Their message is clear: This conflict is not just about tuition anymore.
In recent days, between 50 and 200 people have been gathering to protest the law in Trois-Rivieres, an industrial city roughly halfway between Montreal and Quebec City.
“This has gone beyond the student movement,” said Gaetan Bouchard, a local blogger and longtime social activist.
“Bill 78 has brought out many citizens and workers,” Bouchard added. “The group has been about…
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