March 6, 2013
Student protest turns violent overnight in Montreal
Police detained more than 70 people Tuesday night in Montreal during another violent student protest over tuition hikes.
Ten of them were arrested, police said.
Activists had gathered around 8 p.m. at Place Emilie-Gamelin, a symbolic site during last spring's prolonged protests.
Police immediately declared the demonstration illegal and said no criminal offense would be tolerated.
Nearly 4,000 people had confirmed their participation on the protest's Facebook page.
The march began peacefully but turned ugly around 10 p.m. Protesters smashed windows and vandalized banks. They pelted riot police with paint balls, bottles and snowballs. Police said four of their vehicles were damaged in the fracas.
Three people suffered minor injuries, and a policeman was wounded in the eye.
Premier Pauline Marois said last week she will hold firm on a $70 annual tuition increase and $250 million in cuts to university budgets over two years.
Quebec has the lowest tuition rates in Canada, but student groups want even greater access to higher education.