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Victoria students plan march in support of Quebec counterparts

Jun 09 2012

Students from the University of Victoria and Camosun College will converge downtown tonight for a march in support of their counterparts in Quebec.

The Solidarity Block Party is slated to get underway at 5 p.m. to coincide with similar events in Quebec, where students have been protesting for months against tuition hikes and an emergency law that limits protest.

The UVic and Camosun students' societies have both passed motions in support of positions taken by the Quebec students. The UVic society also approved donations of $250 each to the legal funds of three student organizations in Quebec.

Lucia Orser, director of external relations for the UVic society, said the high cost of post-secondary education is an issue for students across the country.

"This is really a great opportunity for us to show support for Quebec in defending the most accessible post-secondary education system in North America, that really serves as a model for us," she said.

Madeline Keller-MacLeod, external affairs executive of the Camosun society, said students are equally concerned about the "oppressive law" that has been introduced in Quebec to control protests. The society recently passed a motion saying that Bill 78 runs contrary to the rights of peaceful assembly and association enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The rally is slated to begin at Centennial Square, with protesters marching through downtown banging on pots and pans, as has become the custom in Quebec. lkines@timescolonist.com

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