In pictures: Montreal protests
- 24 May 2012
- From the section US & Canada
Police in Montreal, Canada arrest more than 500 people protesting against rising tuition fees, in a standoff with the provincial government lasting more than 100 days.
Nearly 700 people were arrested in two cities in the Canadian province of Quebec on Wednesday night in the biggest single night of mass arrests since protests over rising tuition fees began in February.
Police invoked controversial new emergency legislation designed to curb the protests - Bill 78 - to detain 518 people in Montreal and 176 in Quebec City.
Student groups marked 100 days of protest on Tuesday, but the provincial government led by Premier Jean Charest has shown no indication of backing away from the planned fee hikes.
Correspondents say the movement has attracted the support of many people who have criticised Bill 78, a law that requires protests of more than 50 people to submit an itinerary to police eight hours in advance.
Quebec currently has the lowest tuition rates in Canada. The government's proposal would raise the fees by 80%, in increments of $254 per year (£160) for seven years.