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Outaouais university ordered to reopen classes

A group of 52 Université du Québec en Outaouais students who oppose student-led demonstrations have won their bid to force classes in the region to reopen for those who want to attend them.

A group of 52 Université du Québec en Outaouais students who oppose student-led demonstrations have won their bid to force classes in the region to reopen for those who want to attend them.

A Gatineau, Que., judge on Friday granted the 10-day injunction, agreeing that the students’ right to education was a fundamental right.

The injunction, which takes effect Monday and ends on April 23, prevents students from picketing within 25 metres of either the Université du Québec en Outaouais’ two campuses.

Students in the area and across the province have been protesting the Quebec government's proposed tuition-fee hike, which calls for increases that will see students paying $1625 more over five years.

The demonstrations, which in some regions have been going on for two months, have forced schools to cancel classes.

The university had argued in court that it had to cancel classes because it said it could not guarantee the safety of those who crossed picket lines.

The judge's decision follows several similar court decisions across the province, but universities and CEGEPs have at times struggled to enforce those injunctions.

CEGEP students in Gatineau have been protesting for more than a month, and Université du Québec en Outaouais students joined the protest on March 26.