Student Protest At Quebec Liberal Meeting Turns Violent

CBC  |  Posted: 05/04/2012 6:47 pm Updated: 05/05/2012 4:38 pm


One man has lost the use of one of his eyes and sustained head injuries after a student demonstration against proposed tuition fee hikes turned violent in a matter of minutes in Victoriaville, Que. Friday night.


The man, who will require surgery, is one of two men in their twenties being treated in hospital Saturday. The other man is being treated for head injuries but is in stable condition.


Quebec provincial police arrested 106 people after the student demonstration. They may be charged with illegal assembly and participating in a riot, police said.


Several hundred students demonstrated outside the provincial Liberal Party's general council meeting in Victoriaville, a small town about 150 kilometres northeast of Montreal, a gathering attended by Premier Jean Charest.


At least four police officers and seven demonstrators were injured. Some of the injured were taken to hospital. Police said at least one person suffered life-threatening injuries. One demonstrator was reportedly shot in the face with a rubber bullet.


Protesters threw cans, rocks, billiard balls and bricks at police. They also smashed windows in the building where the meeting took place.


Police hurled tear gas, used sound grenades and shot rubber bullets at protesters. They say they have arrested four people.


Provincial police ordered everyone at the meeting to go inside and chained the exits shut.


The Liberals gathered for a weekend policy meeting, which could be the launching pad for a spring election.


Barricades and police lines were set up to keep student protesters out. Delegates were forced to go through a series of security checkpoints as they enter the conference centre.


The party moved its general council meeting from Montreal to Victoriaville, after student groups vowed to hold demonstrations outside the Montreal venue.


The biggest issue looming over party delegates, and Charest's government, is the ongoing student conflict.


But the official agenda of the meeting is to lay out some new Liberal policies, including the management of natural resources, and to discuss ways to breathe new life into Quebec's slumping manufacturing sector.


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    Students protesting against tuition hikes battle with Quebec Provincial Police at the Lionel Groulx college Tuesday, May 15, 2012 in Ste. Therese, Quebec.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

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    Police unmask a student after arresting him during a protest against tuition hikes, Tuesday, May 15, 2012 in downtown Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

  • A riot police officer takes down a student during a protest against tuition hikes at the Tuesday, May 15, 2012 in downtown Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

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    Two riot police officers tackle a demonstrator Friday, May 4, 2012 in Victoriaville, Quebec. Provincial police say a riot in small-town Quebec last week was the most violent protest they've seen in more than a decade and insist their response was a measured one. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

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    Police hold back students who want to attend class from entering CEGEP Lionel Groulx in Ste. Therese, Que., Monday, May 14, 2012, as striking students block the entrance. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

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    Demonstrators break though a barrier as Provincial police officers stand by outside the Quebec Liberal Party meeting on Friday, May 4, 2012 Victoriaville, Quebec. A violent standoff erupted on the streets of a small city where Quebec's governing party was holding its weekend convention, as protesters and provincial police rained physical abuse on each other Friday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

  • Provincial police officers confront protesters during a student demonstration outside the Quebec Liberal Party meeting Friday, May 4, 2012 Victoriaville, Quebec. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

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    Riot police move in on protesters during an anti-capitalist rally in Montreal, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

  • When Police And Students Clash

    CREDIT: Yves Charlebois, Huffington Post Quebec

  • When Police And Students Clash

    CREDIT: Yves Charlebois, Huffington Post Quebec

  • When Police And Students Clash

    CREDIT: Yves Charlebois, Huffington Post Quebec

  • When Police And Students Clash

    CREDIT: Yves Charlebois, Huffington Post Quebec

  • When Police And Students Clash

    CREDIT: Yves Charlebois, Huffington Post Quebec

  • When Police And Students Clash

    CREDIT: Yves Charlebois, Huffington Post Quebec

  • When Police And Students Clash

    CREDIT: Yves Charlebois, Huffington Post Quebec

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