Quebec’s Students Turn Down Deal to End Strike as Parents Urge Armistice

After students overwhelmingly rejected a tentative deal with the Quebec government over proposed tuition hikes, a coalition of parents, doctors, and other Canadians are calling for an armistice between the two sides, reports Montreal’s Gazette. Concerned about the rising level of violence during demonstrations, the coalition is urging parents of students and other people to wear white squares to signal their support for an end to the fight (protesting students often wear small red squares). The goal is to salvage the semester without causing either side to abandon its principles. Meanwhile, despite the rejection of a deal, CBC news reports that the government and student leaders were talking by phone over the weekend.

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