(Ha and Perreaux 2012) Anti-protest legislation passes in Quebec


Ha, Tu Thanh; Perreaux, Les. Anti-protest legislation passes in Quebec [Internet]. Globe and Mail (Toronto). 2012 May 18; updated 2012 May 20. Accessed 2012 May 21. WebCite archival copy available at http://www.webcitation.org/67oyUAZx8. (Original formerly available from http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/quebecs-anti-protest-legislation-tramples-basic-rights-legal-experts/article2436933/; currently not available.) Text of legislation available from: http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/archive/01407/Quebec_s_anti-prot_1407423a.pdf. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/67p0rl3fF.

Ha and Perreaux report the passage of emergency legislation, known as Bill 78 or Law 78, by the Quebec legislature in an attempt to halt student protests. They also document harshly critical reactions to the law from student and labor leaders, and from legal scholars. Law 78 criminalized a wide and vaguely characterized variety of protest and organizing activities, required the police to be informed in advance of the route of marches, and imposed draconian fines for violations.

 

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