A large student demonstration took place July 22, 2012 in Montreal. Thousands of people are again in the streets to protest, among other things, higher tuition fees.
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MONTREAL - Thousands of people flooded Montreal streets to protest tuition fee hikes amidst rumours of a provincial election as early as August.
Because participants did not provide a route for the protest march, whose theme was "July 22, neo-liberals ... OUT!", police declared the protest illegal.
The march, organized by the radical student group CLASSE, is an "attack on neo-liberalism, an economic doctrine deeply rooted in society, which creates social inequalities," CLASSE spokesman Camille Robert said.
The march began shortly before 3 p.m. in Montreal in a festive atmosphere. As of 4 p.m., that was only overshadowed by a minor, temporary confrontation between police and protesters.
Other protests were held at the same time in the province, in Quebec City and Trois-Rivieres.
This is the fifth protest scheduled for the 22nd day of the month.