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Occupy San Francisco Protest at Canadian Consulate
On June 29, Occupy working groups Occupy Education Northern California, Occupy San Francisco Direct Action Working Group, and Occupy Action Council San Francisco led a protest in solidarity with students and other education activists in Quebec. The action took place at the Financial District-based Canadian Consulate office during a meeting inside. Students talked about their struggles here, while protestors banged on pots and pans to get the attention of work-day passersby. (9:11)
In February of this year, 175,000 students went on strike in Quebec against government austerity in the education sector, part of a global resistance to draconian educational cuts by neoliberal policy makers. The Canadian government has taken harshly repressive actions, including mass arrests and passage of “Bill 78”, which effectively makes protests of this kind illegal.
A set of demands was given to the Quebec Premier and the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco, as follows:
* The immediate release and dismissal of charges against the students of Quebec and their supporters
* The swift repeal of Bill 78
* The end of all austerity measures for students, because education is a human right.