PHOTO: Caught in the Middle

Navneet Pall | Photography Coordinator

The campaign against the proposed tuition increases continued today as protestors from various students unions marched towards Victoria Square , which was home to the Occupy Montreal protests last year. Chanting and carrying signs, they were then divided into two protesting sites. One site was near the Stock Exchange and the other near the Delta Bureau. Photography Coordinator for Journalists for Human Rights Concordia, Navneet Pall was near the Delta Bureau today and  narrates the events that took place, through-out his photographs.

He says that the protestors were inside the lobby of the Delta Bureua, and where then asked by the police to move away from the private property and towards a public area instead. Met with resistance, “ Half an hour into it cops broke out their riot gear,” added Pall. The police then continued to try and evacuate the protests from the lobby.

 

“Felt kind of normal, what I expected, it was part of the game,” Pall.

” I was kind of caught between the line of cops and protestors,” Pall.

” After two or three tries of trying to push them out, that was when the pepper spray came,”Pall

” The use of force, I have a hard time understanding why it was used,”Pall

Since the Jean Charest government announced the tuition increases last year, movements to counteract the hikes have been ongoing. The biggest demonstration to date took place in Nov.10, 2011 and saw over tens of thousands of students from all across the province protesting the new proposal.

Editor’s Note: Share your thoughts on this photo essay in the comment section below, and keep reading for more human rights photos , articles and broadcasts.

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3 thoughts on “PHOTO: Caught in the Middle

  1. I’m perplexed at why the students are wearing masks and ski goggles? I guess the police weren’t the only one who broke out the “riot gear”.

  2. It would help if people that same energy into researching and voting for people that would properly represent them, as opposed to rioting when they realize they voted for the wrong people. Democracy works if you take it seriously.

  3. It would help of people put that same energy into researching and voting for candidates that would properly represent them, as opposed to rioting when they realize the person they voted for didn’t. Democracy works if you take it seriously.

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