Rick Santorum says parents who would like their kids to have the opportunity to go to college are "snobs." Rick Santroum is an idiot. We all knew that already. What we didn't know is that Quebec apparently agrees with him...as do colleges, universities, states, and countries here, there, and everywhere. They don't put it the way ole Rick does, but the end result is pretty similar really. Keeping raising the amount of cash you have to put down to get an education and, well, I guess, only those rich snobs will be getting that education.
I admit I never use to care much about these tuition fights and strict student radicalism. I was wrong. Colleges and universities should be open, wide open, to the children of working people and poor people. Go ahead and charge the rich a bundle, but let others in as well. Raising rates is really just one more way Capital has of cracking down on and disciplining labor, uh, workers.
Did I say cracking down and disciplining?
That is what the STATE is doing up north of the border in Montreal where students of all shapes and sizes are fighting back. Time and again over the course of about a week Montreal cops have tear gassed, cracked heads, and busted students fighting against fee hikes.
Last week, the Coalition against repression and police brutality accused the Montreal force of targeting people for their political beliefs.
A Canadian Press report today reads :
Students converged Wednesday on several provincial buildings, including the liquor commission and the education minister's office, and they momentarily attempted to occupy the Loto-Quebec headquarters which is home to the organization representing university rectors.Helmeted and shielded police charged a line of students near the Loto-Quebec headquarters after they pushed down a row of metal barriers. They also came in swinging on the front steps of the building, knocking away students who were blocking the entrance.One student said police overreacted, claiming he was "brutalized" for a simple act of civil disobience. Frank Levesque-Nicole was hit by a baton in the base of his skull and was blinded with blasts of pepper spray by the group of officers who surrounded him."I was only standing there blocking the door, but obviously the cops didn't see it that way," Levesque-Nicole said. "They ... hit us very hard."I saw people with nosebleeds, which basically was uncalled for. The biggest weapon people had were snowballs — what kind of a threat is a snowball to someone in full body armour?"Five students were arrested, some tackled by police who fixed plastic ties around their wrists before hauling them away.The boom of volleys of tear gas echoed through the street as riot-squad officers laid down a curtain of gas among the protesters, sending many stumbling away coughing and rubbing at their eyes. Some protesters apparently gained a brief entry at Loto-Quebec headquarters but were moved out. Others jostled a row of police bicycles, while some tossed objects at officers.
The following is from The Eyeopener.