04/26/2012 05:10 EDT | Updated 04/26/2012 07:44 EDT

Quebec Student Protests: The Players And What They Want


MONTREAL -- Two of them study French literature, one is a musician and another will be teaching high school next year.

What do these young people have in common?

All are students involved in the protest movement that is sweeping the province and garnering some international attention.

They oppose Quebec's tuition hike, which would see university fees rise about 75 per cent over the next five years to about $3,800 a year.

The increase would still leave Quebec with some of the country's lowest university rates, prompting many observers to wonder: Why are these students protesting so aggressively?

The Canadian Press contacted students through their involvement in Facebook groups and student associations, asking them to explain why they became involved in the movement and what results they want to achieve.

In light of recent protests that have become disruptive, some did not want to be publicly associated with the movement and refused to be interviewed. Two asked, after having already been interviewed, to have their names removed. One asked not to be photographed.

Here are six students who were willing to publicly share their stories.

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