Students end demonstration at West Quebec school
Tuition hikes incited ongoing protests that have cancelled classes
A student protest at the Université du Quebec en Outaouais ended peacefully Monday after a Quebec judge upheld an injunction requiring the school to open its doors to classes.
Some 200 student protesters had barricaded themselves inside a campus building at the school as part of province-wide protests of the Quebec government's proposed tuition-fee hike, which calls for increases that will see students paying $1625 more over five years.
The protest was in violation of an injunction issued Friday and brought forward by students seeking a return to classes, which requires that protesters stay at least 25 meters from university property.
The injunction also required the school to open its doors to students who wanted to attend its classes. Citing safety concerns, the university had violated that court order on Monday in keeping its doors locked.
The university sought a counter-injunction in court on Monday, but a Quebec judge rejected that request.
Gatineau police standing guard at the university had not enforced the Friday injunction, as they awaited the decision of the judge.
Upon hearing of the judge's decision and before police moved in, the students took down their barricade of chairs and tables and walked out of the school peacefully.
The demonstrations, which have been going on for two months in some regions, have forced CEGEPS and universities across the province to cancel classes.