Law students at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) had their classes shut down this morning by masked hooligans who stormed the campus forcibly removing some students from the classroom as they shouted, “Scab!!! Scab!!!”
The law students had obtained a court injunction permitting their return to class. There have been more than thirty such injunctions around the province but they have been ignored by striking students.
Last Thursday, Montreal’s Metro was shut down during rush hour after several UQAM students allegedly threw smoke bombs onto the tracks at several Metro stations.
The student strike has lasted more than three months and according to Michelle Courchesne, Quebec’s new Minister of Education, CLASSE (the student union) is “hardening” their demands. The Quebec Liberal government of Jean Charest is contemplating measures which would hand down heavy fines to those involved with organizing and encouraging the disruption.
But I doubt it will be enough. The use of the Sûreté du Québec (the province’s police force) will probably need to be stepped up and if that doesn’t work then Charest might need to ask Ottawa to send in the military. Of course, if students rioters are killed in the course of restoring order then Canada’s left-wing media will crucify the authorities. Of course, I hope it doesn’t come to that but I don’t see a peaceful resolution in the offing.