06/07/2012 04:00 EDT | Updated 08/06/2012 05:12 EDT

Quebec Student Protests: 'Casserole' Pots And Pans Protest Goes Global


MONTREAL - New York, Chicago, Berlin — it appears the clanging of pots and pans in protest isn't just a Quebec thing anymore.

While about 1,000 protesters struck pots in Montreal at the peak of a demonstration last night, there were similar, smaller events held abroad in solidarity with Quebec students decrying hikes in tuition fees.

The Montreal-based organizer of the event dubbed Casserole Night in Canada says photos and videos of pots and pans protests held last night have been coming in from all over — Europe, South America, the United States as well as elsewhere in Canada.

Marches were scheduled in 125 different cities — everywhere from Frankfurt to Madison, WI. — with word being spread through social media and Facebook.

Ethan Cox says he's hoping it continues to spread.

Organizers are encouraging people all over the world to join in on the clanging on June 13 and June 22 — the dates of major student protests in Quebec.

Striking the pots and pans nightly has become a favoured method of protest in recent weeks in Montreal for those opposed to both tuition hikes and Bill 78, a controversial, temporary law that governs public protests.

Quebec's student protests have lasted well over 100 days, caused social unrest, and made international news. Now the movement is gaining steam slowly abroad, Cox says.

"I think it shows that there is a great deal more support out there for the Quebec students' cause than people may think," Cox said.

"But I think it shows there is a general rejection of the current economic model that is broken."

Cox says while marches are held in solidarity with Quebec students, protesters in various cities add their own cause to the march.

In New York City yesterday, marchers denounced the high level of student debt in the city.

"It's not very centrally controlled, it's a whole slew of locally organized events," Cox said.

Elsewhere in Canada, protesters have banged pots in opposition to the Harper government's omnibus budget.

"If people locally have an issue that's burning for them that they want to bring into the mix, they're free to do so," Cox said.

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