Tuesday, September 25, 2018

MNA Amir Khadir arrested at Quebec protest

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Quebec Bill 78 Student Protestors: Manifestation de casseroles contre la Loi 78 dans le quartier Rosemont de Montréal, le 24 mai 2012.

The Canadian Spring seems alive as Quebec City police hold 50 demonstrators at rally over Bill 78 and the student crisis

Amir Khadir, a Quebec politician, was arrested, handcuffed and held on a transit bus, on Tuesday, with about 50 other detainees after police got involved in the protest. The protest was over the province's student crisis and its contentious Bill 78. The emergency bill would fine Quebec student leaders up to $35K for blocking classes.

Amir Khadir is th current the National Assembly member for the Montreal riding of Mercier. Khadir was handcuffed and placed on a bus with the other detainees. This occurred after police surrounded the group of demonstrators in Quebec City's Petit Champlain neighbourhood.

"Khadir was issued a $494 ticket for violating Quebec's Highway Safety Code. He was released that same night along with fellow arrestees," reports CBC Canada.

Khadir, according to CBC, was on his way home from work at the National Assembly when he saw the protest and decided to join.

"The protest was declared illegal. People were walking calmly to the rhythm of the pots and pans," was posted on Khadir's Facebook page said. According to his Facebook page Khadir was doing what he does "every night that he has the chance: that is, marching peacefully with other protesters." Khadir is Québec Solidaire party's first and so only MNA in the Quebec legislature. He was elected in 2008.

A similar protest occurred in Toronto in solidarity with the Quebec demonstrators. Student leaders are speaking out because they believe that today a university or college education has replaced a high-school diploma for most new jobs and should therefore be kept affordable or free. Quebec's Liberally run government states that it requires additional revenues for universities to maintain the current quality of education and research.

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