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32nd night protest in Montreal

05/25/2012 09:50 EDT | Updated 07/25/2012 05:12 EDT

Protesters are taking to the streets of Montreal for the 32nd consecutive night, as a casserole movement opposing Bill 78 spreads through the province.

The evening procession comes as a legal challenge against Bill 78 is now in front of the courts.

Student federations spearheaded legal action against the emergency protest law, and filed papers at the Montreal courthouse on Friday.

Hours later, at the stroke of 8 p.m., people across the province took to the streets to bang against Quebec's special law that restricts student protests.

Bill 78 was adopted last week to widespread criticism, in a bid by Quebec's Liberal government to appease the crisis over tuition increases.

On Friday night, casserole protests were reported in Boucherville, on Montreal's South Shore, in Laval, and across the island.

The clanging of pots and pans has its roots in Spanish-speaking countries, especially Chile and Argentina, where the tradition is known as cazerolazo, literally, stew pot action.

Casserole protests were heard in Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, Gatineau, Granby, Quebec City and the Saguenay.

The pots and pans movement has bolstered nightly protests held in Montreal for over a month.

On Thursday night, the protest unfolded peacefully despite authorities declaring the gathering illegal from its outset.

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