Protesters clashed with riot police at Montreal’s Palais des congrÃ¨s for a second day as a job symposium for Quebec’s northern plan was held inside under guard.
Dozens of members of the RÃ©seau de rÃ©sistance du QuÃ©becois joined aboriginal groups and students for the planned protest.
They faced off with riot squads in full armour stationed around the downtown conference centre.
Police arrested 90 people after declaring the protest illegal midday.
Officers blocked the convention centre’s entrance, as hundreds of job seekers waited outside.
Inside the building, about 100 businesses set up kiosks under police watch, for the second day in a row.
A protest outside the convention centre Friday erupted into violence with police using tear gas and sound grenades on rock-throwing protesters. Seventeen people were arrested.
Tuition protests turn violent in Montreal as students clash with police
Postmedia News, April 20
Montreal – Scores of people were arrested Friday as Montreal students continued their 10-week-long protest against a planned $325-a-year tuition fee hike.
Students demonstrated outside a job fair for Quebec’s Plan Nord ”” a major initiative to develop the province’s north ”” and at least one student was reported injured after clashes with riot police, who used tear gas to disperse the crowd.
TV images showed protesters throwing water and projectiles at police. Riot squad officers responded by charging the assembled crowd with batons, hitting people in the legs and other areas.
”œThis Plan Nord project is really a plan of piracy, of misappropriation of public funds,” says a statement by CLASSE, the largest anti-hike student group, on its website.
The Plan Nord Salon, where Premier Jean Charest was to speak, gathers companies and community organizations from Quebec’s north involved in the $80-billion, 25-year project to develop the region’s natural resources.
Riots erupt in Montreal over tuition hikes
Russia Today, April 20