Hundreds protest against PQ's French language policies

ELIZABETH LAPLANTE/QMI Agency

ELIZABETH LAPLANTE/QMI Agency

Giuseppe Valiante, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:29 PM ET

About 200 protesters blocked a downtown street outside the Montreal offices of the Quebec Premier Pauline Marois on Sunday afternoon demanding her government rescind its new language legislation.

Some protesters went so far as to threaten to withhold their taxes if language restrictions aren't eased in Quebec.

The PQ's Bill 14, which is at the debate stage in Quebec's legislature, seeks to strengthen the province's French-language requirements, including for businesses, schools and individuals.

The protest was organized by two English-language rights groups, Put Back the Flag, and The Unity Group.

Beryl Wajsman, the editor-in-chief of The Suburban, one of Quebec's largest weekly newspapers, urged non-francophone Quebecers to consider withholding their taxes.

"If (the English in Quebec) don't have a say, then perhaps we shouldn't have to pay!" Wajsman said through a megaphone. The crowd cheered and repeated his chant.

 


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