Almost 700 Arrested in Tuition Protests in Canada

Close to 700 people were arrested Wednesday night in Quebec after tuition protests turned violent, the Associated Press reports. Protests in Montreal, where 518 people were arrested, and in Quebec City, where 176 were arrested, started peacefully, but police spokesmen said that officers were pelted with projectiles. Student groups have said that demonstrations will continue and that they will challenge arrests in court. They have been demonstrating for more than 100 days.

Last week emergency legislation was passed in an attempt to end Canada’s most sustained student demonstrations in history, requiring that demonstrators provide an itinerary to the police more than eight hours in advance of a protest and describe the route that will be taken by any group larger than 50. The law is unpopular with students and rights groups, but supported by two-thirds of Quebecers.

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