Marchers voice opposition to Bill 78
Published Thursday, August 9, 2012 11:28PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, August 10, 2012 10:30AM EDT
MONTREAL - About 350 protesters braved a cool, rainy evening in Montreal Thursday to express their political views in an evening march that ended in one arrest.
The marchers appeared focused on the upcoming legislation that would prevent students from blocking others from entering class, under the heavy pains dictated by the controversial Bill 78.
The disturbances of last spring led the resumption of the semester in mid-August. Several schools have said that any disruptions will force a complete cancellation of the semester.
“I think that forcing people to go back to school is not the solution,” said protester Kim Belanger.
“It’s not that I don’t want to go back to class. It’s that I want the government and the police and the legislation to respect the decision that we took with democracy,” she said.
Another said that all of the past efforts would be futile if the protests end now.
“If we go back to school and it all ends with an election, it just shows that social movements are good for nothing,” said David Kakhadze.
Not everybody out on the streets agreed with the march however.
“I think they made their point and I think maybe they need to approach it in a different way,” said Kenji Doshida.