Hamilton 'casserole' protest organiser hoping for more support

About 150 protesters marched Hamilton's streets Wednesday night to suport Quebec students

About 150 participants marched Hamilton's streets

Hamiltonians were out on the downtown streets Wednesday night banging pots and pans in support of Quebec's student strikers.

About 150 people participated in a casserole rally in solidarity with protestors opposed to tuition increase in Quebec.

Organizer Dorian Batycka said he is happy with the turn out, but was expecting more support.

"There certainly are a big contingent of McMaster students who I deal with all the time who are feeling equally marginalized," said Batycka. "We had expected to receive a bit more support in Hamilton but 150 is still a big number."

The march began at 8 p.m. at Gore Park and moved to the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board headquarters, where the issues addressed were local ones.

"Many people perceive our own public education cuts, the school closures across Ontatio, to be part of the same fight for better accessibility to education," said participant Lee Skinner, who felt the march was very positive.

Batycka said the speeches made outside the school board addressed local school closures.

The march continued back to Gore Park, along King William Street and ended on James Street North near the Armory.

Hamilton Police were patrolling alongside protesters throughout the march.

"We didn't have any incident and it was a peaceful march," said Sgt. Terri-Lynn Collings of Hamilton Police.

Batycka said he understands change can't be made by just attending a protest, but hopes that participants from Wednesday's protest could take something away from the experience.

"It's a space where by dialogue can be created and hopefully other possibilities can be materialized and imagined," he said. "I'm still hopeful that more of these will materialized and we can mobilize more."

Students at Wesmount Secondary School are planning to walk out during their lunch hour today to support tuition protests in Quebec.