Here’s a couple of songs for Carré Rouge & Maple Spring, the Quebec student protest movement that last week toppled a government and won their fight for affordable post-secondary education. With truly inspiring commitment, endurance, and restraint, the student-led movement staged over 100 consecutive nights of mostly non-violent protest marches and garnered widespread support across North America.
Nothing much was said about it and nearly next to nothing done.
The pen is mightier than the sword but no match for a gun.
The power of the movement became irrepressible as soon as Liberal Premier, Jean Charest, panicked and imposed the most draconian law & order legislation seen in Canada since the 1970 October crisis when former-PM Pierre Trudeau sent the army into Montreal to put down an FLQ crime spree. On the day Bill 78 was passed into law, hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Montreal in defiance, a day universally recognized as the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history. The government’s over-reaction drew many uninvolved citizens to the student side and spawned the Casseroles mini-movement where each night at 8pm Quebecers took to their streets and/or balconies banging pots and pans in support of the protests.
On Sept. 4, the Charest government fell and the Parti Quebequois formed a minority government which has promised to cancel tuition hikes and repeal the anti-protest Bill 78.