Sunday, September 23, 2012
In Quebec It's Official: Mass Movement Leads to Victory for Students - Naomi Klein: 'This is why radical movements are mercilessly mocked. They can win.'
"After a year of revolt which became known as the "Maple Spring"—including massive street protests that received global attention—university students across Quebec were celebrating victory on Thursday night following the announcement from newly elected Premier Pauline Marois that the government was cancelling the proposed tuition hike that led to the student uprising and nullifying the contentious Bill 78 law which was introduced to curb the powerful protests.
“It’s a total victory!” said Martine Desjardins, president of the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec, which is the largest student association with about 125,000 students. “It’s a new era of collaboration instead of confrontation.”
“Together we’ve written a chapter in the history of Quebec,” she added. “It’s a triumph of justice and equity.”
Well-known Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein, responded to the news by tweeting: 'This is why radical movements are mercilessly mocked. They can win.'
Comment: What was done in Quebec can be done in other provinces as well. Not just with student tuition fees, but with today's social inequalities and injustices, remaking society in the image of people, not corporations.
Quebec students are now setting their sights on Stephen Harper, and making alliances with social movements across the country to build a broad and popular movement against austerity.
It's time the rest of Canada got some balls and stood up, like Quebec did, to the Fascism of corporatocracy sweeping our nation and the world. The race to the bottom can be stopped, if more people open their eyes, stand up, and step up! Quebec has shown us it can be done!!
I'm proud to have been a supporter (see sidebar) of the Quebec student protest movement. Almost from day one, with the Montreal Pots and Pans (casserole protests), I saw the significance of this protest as something more than just about tuition fees. It's about our freedoms and liberties, and our way of life being stolen from us from under our feet by greedy corporations, and their minions in public office.
Capitalism's ultimate goal behind their austerity plan is to "plunge mankind into a state of neofeudalism, endless war, and more draconian forms of internal repression."
It doesn't have to be this way. For some of us, a life of wage and debt slavery is not an option. Wake up people! Because “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
People who have power are sure that it is only violence that guides people, and so they use violence to support the existing order. But the existing order is not based on violence, but on public opinion.