Classes ordered to resume at several Montreal colleges 0
Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois (L) and Jeanne Reynolds (R, the two leaders of the "CLASSE", the main student union in the actual conflict between students and the Quebec government over tuition hikes. They answer questions in a presser at Montreal, Québec, Canada, May 10, 2012. (AFP/Guillaume Lavallee)
MONTREAL — A judge on Friday granted injunctions ordering several colleges to shrug off student blockades and allow classes to resume.
Judge Francois Rollad's order covers a number of community colleges in the Montreal region, but it wasn't immediately clear if officials would comply.
Dozens of students obtained similar injunctions earlier this year but schools have usually stayed closed, officially to avoid confrontations with picketers.
Earlier on Friday, a community college north of Montreal shut down for a 73rd consecutive day despite an injunction won by 53 students who want to finish their semesters.
Lionel-Groulx college cited security concerns for its decision.
About 200 students, some wearing masks, had set up a barricade at the main entrance to prevent the young plaintiffs from entering.
Making matters worse for the college was the fact that a dozen instructors sided with the protesters and formed their own picket line.
Similar scenarios have unfolded at nearly 30 universities and community colleges since the strike over proposed tuition hikes began on Feb. 14.
Other strike-related developments:
- Montreal police raided an east-end apartment in connection with smoke-bomb attacks that shut down the subway system a day earlier.
Officers seized equipment but provided few other details and made no arrests.
The Metro system was paralyzed for much of Thursday morning after vandals threw smoke bombs inside three main stations.
Tens of thousands of commuters were affected.
- Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay says the city will fast-track a bylaw next week that will ban masks at public protests.
Several rallies have ended with rampages and clashes blamed on mask-wearing Black Bloc anarchists.
- The waters of a fountain in front of the Quebec legislature ran red on Friday — the same colour scheme that's emblematic of the student movement.
Vandals poured a large amount powdered red dye into the Fontaine de Tourny overnight.
Staff emptied the fountain and refilled it.
No one has claimed responsibility.