The announcement of a tuition fee freeze by the government of Quebec on the 5 September marks a spectacular victory for the student movement.
The attempt of the Government of Quebec to increase yearly tuition fees by 75% sparked walkouts of university campuses beginning in February. Increasing civil disobedience by protesters, which included the blocking of Montreal’s two main bridges and university pickets, caused a panicking administration to pass Bill 78, which suspended classes in 11 universities during the winter term and made demonstrations essentially impossible to assemble legally.
Despite this, the CLASSE movement won increasing support. Its red square symbol became iconic.