The authors are students in Montreal. They have been involved in strike organizing through autonomous initiatives, their local student associations, and the Coalition large de l’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (CLASSE), the largest of the student coalitions leading the strike movement in Quebec. Their names have been withheld due to ongoing legal proceedings arising from their involvement in the strike movement. State repression of the strike movement includes over 3,000 arrests, approximately 20 injunctions, and an emergency law. To donate to the Legal Defense Fund, see fondslegal2012.org/index-en.
With constitutional challenges to the Special Law pending in Quebec courts, the fate of the student movement very much depends on whether the law will be massively defied beginning August 13, when three of 14 CÉGEPs are scheduled to reopen for the completion of the suspended winter semester.