April 20, 2012
Riot police used tear gas and concussion grenades on hundreds of students protesting outside Montreal’s Palais des congrès Friday, where Premier Jean Charest was speaking at a symposium on northern development.
The mayhem reached deep inside the convention centre, where Charest’s keynote speech was delayed after a group of protesters gained access to the building and confronted police guarding the meetings.
Two police officers and two protesters were injured in the standoff, and 10 people were arrested.
Friday’s action is the latest in Quebec’s escalating student movement against planned tuition-fee increases.