Quebec student wins injunction, returns to class
Picket lines protesting tuition hike hampered student access to classroom
Quebec university student Laurent Proulx returned to his anthropology class at Laval University in Quebec City Tuesday, after winning a temporary injunction to dismantle picket lines outside that classroom by student protesters.
Proulx persuaded a Quebec Superior Court judge that the boycott of classes declared by student groups across the province should not prevent him from going to a class he needs in order to graduate this term.
Proulx had argued that he needed to finish that class immediately, because he has a job lined up this summer.
He also argued that a delay could harm his chances of getting into law school.
The 24-year-old, a former soldier, only won a partial victory, however.
The court granted him an injunction that applies for one week and to that one anthropology course, but not to the rest of the shuttered Université Laval classes.
Tens of thousands of students have walked out on their studies to protest against the Quebec government's move to increase tuition by 75 per cent over five years.
But some students have taken legal action against the strikes, imposed by individual student groups after votes at public assemblies.
One of those injunction requests was rejected in Montreal, and one successfully got a school to reopen in Alma.
With files from The Canadian Press