In the aftermath of student protesters storming the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), on May 16, 2012, the Quebec Government announced emergency legislation to restore order. This follows over three months of protests over proposed tuition hikes,
affecting the activity of many Quebec colleges and universities. The Charest government will suspend classes in institutions that are on strike; students will be able to return in August in order to complete their school year.
“Nobody can pretend to defend access to education and then block the doors of a CEGEP or university […] I expect all those in a position of leadership to assume that responsibility, whether they are students, teachers or union activists […] There is no reason for anyone to use violence and intimidation,” Charest said.