Canada arrests nearly 700 students in mass violent protests
About 700 people have been arrested in two cities in Quebec in the biggest one night mass arrests since protests over student fees began in February.
The police invoked a controversial new law designed to stop the demonstrations, have since arrested 518 people in Montreal and another 176 in the city of Quebec.
Protests against the planned increase in tuition fees intensified after Bill 78 passed last week.
The Quebec government insists it will not change his mind about raising the rate.
The march in Montreal on Wednesday night started peacefully, as thousands of protesters flooded the central square of the largest city in Quebec.
Police later reigned in the protest with the adoption of a controversial tactic known as the European Police “Boil” after reporting they were attacked with stones and other projectiles.
The detainees were released on Thursday and issued fines of more than $ 600.
The authorities cite Bill 78, which requires notification of eight hours before public demonstrations.
Bill 78, passed last Friday, requiring protesters to follow pre-approved routes, but protesters say it violates their
democratic rights, and have pledged to challenge it legally.
Since the adoption of the law of public meetings, over 300 people were arrested overnight in a protest in Montreal on Sunday and another 100 were arrested in the city on Tuesday.
Quebec currently has the lowest tuition in Canada, but the government proposed to raise rates by 80%, in increments of $ 254 per year for seven years.
Talks between the government and student unions have been broken off several times.