Students plan on all-night sit-in

A sit-in in front of l'Université du Québec à Montréal continued into the evening on Monday, with students hauling couches out of a nearby university building.
Students settle in for evening near UQAM.

A sit-in in front of l'Université du Québec à Montréal on Sainte-Catherine Street dragged into the evening on Monday, with students hauling couches out of a nearby university building. 

They lounged in the balmy weather of an early spring, playing music and making art while Montreal police looked on.

Some made tentative plans to stay the night.

The students began the peaceful demonstration early Monday afternoon, blocking access to traffic at the intersection of Sainte-Catherine and Sanguinet streets. 

Police stood by but seemed content to wait them out.

Students create art at Monday evening sit-in.

The students – mostly from UQAM – were joined by others from CÉGEP Vieux-Montréal – the institution that was vandalized on Feb. 17 when demonstrations against planned tuition fee hikes first began to escalate.

Student protests continued to disrupt university activities at at least two institutions on Monday.

In Quebec City, students at l'Université Laval blocked access to the education building, where several administrators including rector Denis Brière have their offices.

At least one person was arrested.

Administrators at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) pre-emptively locked four buildings to prevent students from carrying out a rumoured occupation.

UQÀM pavillions closed:

  • Hubert-Aquin.
  • Judith-Jasmin.
  • Paul-Gérin-Lajoie.
  • Thérèse-Casgrain.

The four buildings house the education, law and political science departments.

Between 3,000 and 4,000 students are enrolled in the affected departments.

On Montreal's South Shore, teachers at the Collège Édouard-Montpetit picketed the school early Monday morning, in support of striking students.

An estimated 130,000 college and university students have declared themselves on strike across Quebec.

They are protesting tuition hikes expected to take effect later this year.

With files from the Canadian Press