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The Montreal Protests, 4 Months In

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Beginning in February, students throughout Quebec began protesting against a proposed 75 percent hike in the cost of their tuition. Demonstrators staged strikes, sit-ins, and marches, in some cases drawing hundreds of thousands of participants and incurring hundreds of arrests. Quebec's government responded by passing a controversial emergency law, Bill 78, that places strict limits on free assembly, including a provision that requires demonstrators to submit protest plans and receive police approval. Reacting to the new law, hundreds of thousands more took to the streets to join the broadening protest. Now, four months later, nightly demonstrations continue across Montreal. These marches are called "casseroles," as participants use pots and pans to create noise and call for attention. [39 photos]

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Thousands of demonstrators march against a 75-percent tuition hike at universities in Canada's mostly French-speaking Quebec province, in downtown Montreal, Quebec, on May 22, 2012. Tens of thousands marched in a rally marking 100 days of student protests. (Reuters/Olivier Jean)
Thousands of demonstrators march against a 75-percent tuition hike at universities in Canada's mostly French-speaking Quebec province, in downtown Montreal, Quebec, on May 22, 2012. Tens of thousands marched in a rally marking 100 days of student protests. (Reuters/Olivier Jean)
Tens of thousands of students protest on March 22, 2012, bringing downtown Montreal to a standstill. "Yell louder so that nobody ignores us," shouted demonstrators who converged on the metropolis from across the province, packing a two-kilometer stretch of the city's streets. Since mid-February nearly 300,000 students have boycotted classes, blocked bridges and held smaller protests around the province against the government's plan to raise tuition over the next five years. (Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images) #
Thousands of students gather to protest against tuition hikes in downtown Montreal, on March 22, 2012. (Reuters/Olivier Jean) #
Students protest in Montreal, on April 26, 2012. Protests escalated amid violent clashes with police. (Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Canadian university student, his face painted with a red square, the symbol of solidarity with the Montreal student protests, demonstrates in Montreal, on April 29, 2012. (Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images) #
Thousands of students march as they protest against tuition hikes in downtown Montreal,on April 28, 2012. (Reuters/Christinne Muschi) #
Students march against tuition hikes during a protest in downtown Montreal, on May 3, 2012. (Reuters/Christinne Muschi) #
Riot police stand guard during a student demonstrations outside Le Victorin Hotel where the annual Liberal Convention is being held on May 4, 2012 in Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada. These protests came on the 12th week of a strike by some 170,000 students. (Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/GettyImages) #
Students clash with police during a protest against the tuition hikes in Victoriaville, Quebec, on May 4, 2012. (Reuters/Mathieu Belanger) #
A protester kicks a tear gas canister back towards police during a demonstration in Victoriaville, Quebec, on May 4, 2012. (Reuters/Christinne Muschi) #
A policeman fires tear gas at students during a demonstration in Victoriaville, Quebec, on May 4, 2012. (Reuters/Christinne Muschi) #
Police advance on a protester as he lobs a piece of wood at them, during a demonstration in Victoriaville, on May 4, 2012. (Reuters/Christinne Muschi) #
A protester is arrested during a demonstration in Victoriaville, on May 4, 2012. (Reuters/Christinne Muschi) #
A student protester flashes the peace sign before riot police outside Le Victorin Hotel where the annual Liberal Convention is being held in Victoriaville, on May 4, 2012. (Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/GettyImages) #
Protesters opposing Quebec tuition fee hikes confront a passerby during a demonstration in Montreal, on May 15, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes) #
Demonstrators protest against student tuition hikes in downtown Montreal, on May 22, 2012. The banner reads, "100 days of strike, 100 days of contempt". (Reuters/Christinne Muschi) #
Tens of housands of demonstrators march against student tuition hikes in downtown Montreal, Quebec, May 22, 2012. (Reuters/Olivier Jean) #
Tens of thousands of demonstrators march against student tuition hikes in downtown Montreal, on May 22, 2012. (Reuters/Christinne Muschi) #
A man cleans up glass from his store window, broken during a protest against student tuition hikes on the 100th day of Quebec's student strikes, in Montreal, on May 22, 2012. (Reuters/Brett Gundlock) #
Demonstrators march as they protest student tuition hikes on May 23, 2012. Nearly 700 people were arrested overnight in rowdy demonstrations in Montreal, with rocks being hurled at police, a spokesman said. Police in Montreal had said the unsanctioned protest would be tolerated if there was no trouble but after some unruly behavior around midnight they moved in and arrested 518 demonstrators. Another 170 people were detained in Quebec. (Andre Tremblay/AFP/Getty Images) #
Police detain a protester during a demonstration against tuition fee hikes in Montreal, on May 23, 2012. (Reuters/Olivier Jean) #
A masked protester gestures in the middle of a road during a demonstration against student tuition hikes in Montreal, on May 24, 2012. (Reuters/Olivier Jean) #
Students stage a protest against tuition fee increases on on a rainy night in Montreal, on May 25, 2012. (Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/GettyImages) #
A protester dressed in a banana suit, bangs a pot as protestors march through the streets of Montreal, on May 26, 2012. (Reuters/Olivier Jean) #
A window display shows support to the student protest against tuition fee increases in Montreal, on May 26, 2012. (Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images) #
Students, including Anarchopanda, march in a protest against tuition fee increases on May 26, 2012 in Montreal. (Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images) #
Residents show their support during the student protest against tuition fee increases on May 26, 2012 in Montreal. (Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images) #
A student holds a sign during a protest against tuition fee increases on May 26, 2012 in Montreal. (Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images) #
Students march in Montreal, on May 26, 2012. (Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images) #
Student group CLASSE spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau Dubois speaks to the media before a meeting with Quebec education Minister Michelle Courchesne in Quebec City, on May 28, 2012. (Francis Vachon/AFP/Getty Images) #
Hundreds of prosecutors march againt Bill 78, an emergency law passed by the Quebec Government that attempts to manage student protests, on May 28, 2012 in Montreal. (Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images) #
Police arrest a student dressed as a banana during a protest against hikes in tuition in Quebec City, on May 28, 2012. Police arrested 84 protesters after student organizers and officials held their latest round of talks aimed at ending three months of protests against the proposed tuition hike. (Francis Vachon/AFP/Getty Images) #
Students protest tuition fee increases on May 31 2012 in Montreal. The Quebec government invited student groups for talks to end the three-month conflict over the planned hike in tuition. Talks between students and the Quebec government aimed at ending months of protests over a proposed tuition hike collapsed on May 31, 2012. Four days of negotiations had failed to reach an agreement, provincial premier Jean Charest said after students presented what they called their "bottom line" position to the Quebec government. The sign reads "I am a threat (Five-foot-two, and armed with a pan)" (Steeve Duguay/AFP/Getty Images) #
Students protest tuition fee increases in Montreal, on May 31 2012. (Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images) #
Wheelchair-bound citizens join students protesting tuition fee increases in Montreal, on June 1, 2012. Talks between students and the Quebec government aimed at ending months of protests over a proposed tuition hike collapsed, with nightly street demonstrations showing no sign of abating. (Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images) #
Demonstrators march in a protest against the Quebec Liberal Government on June 2, 2012, in Montreal. Thousands of people took to the streets of Montreal Saturday braving driving rain to protest planned tuition hikes and an emergency law after talks between students and the Quebec government broke down. (Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images) #
Anarchopanda, a regular at the Quebec student protests, arrives at the Montreal courthouse to protest a Montreal bylaw on the wearing of masks during demonstrations, on June 5, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes) #
Students protest against the Liberal Government, Bill 78 and tuition fee increases on June 4, 2012 in Montreal. (Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images) #
Riot police (not pictured) stand guard as students protest against the Liberal Government, Bill 78 and tuition fee increases on June 4, 2012 in Montreal, Canada. Bill 78 requires organizers to give police at least eight hours advance warning of times and locations of protest marches, with hefty fines imposed for failing to do so. The measure was passed on May 18 in an effort to quell demonstrations, but so far it has only served to galvanize opposition to the government. (Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images) #

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