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Gatineau protesters busing to Montreal today

05/22/2012 09:29 EDT | Updated 07/22/2012 05:12 EDT

Seven busloads of protesters from Gatineau are heading to a large student protest in Montreal today.

The chartered buses are full and it's expected that some people will have to car-pool to get there.

The buses were scheduled to leave Robert Guertin Arena off Boulevard Saint-René Est at about 10 a.m.

Aware of the climate of tension after violent protests in Montreal over the weekend, the General Association of Students of the University of Quebec in Gatineau is encouraging students to be peaceful and cautious.

Protesters encouraged to leave if event declared illegal

University of Ottawa law professor Gilles LeVasseur said protesters should leave if the event is declared illegal.

Police declared Sunday's demonstration in Montreal illegal under the province's new student-crisis law, adopted Friday, as soon as it began around 9 p.m. ET.

The law makes it illegal to hold a rally of more than 50 people without consulting at least eight hours ahead of time with police about its route and timing.

The charter buses are scheduled to return to Gatineau after the protest, according to the association.

300 people arrested and 20 injured in Sunday night protest

About 300 people were arrested and 20 were injured during overnight protests in Montreal in defiance of Quebec's contentious Bill 78, which cracks down on student-stoked demonstrations sparked by the province's proposed tuition hikes.

Ten police officers and 10 civilians suffered minor injuries in the latest protest. One person was taken to hospital with a serious head injury that emergency services called "non-life-threatening."

Just before midnight on Sunday, about 5,000 people gathered in the streets in the heart of the city's Latin Quarter, alternating between cacophonous cheering and chanting.

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