MONTREAL—Protesters stormed into a university, many of them with their faces covered by masks, and worked through the hallways Wednesday on the hunt for classes to disrupt.
The protesters were enforcing their declared strikes, and resented the fact that some students have used legal injunctions to return to school.
Carrying a list of scheduled classes, about 100 hard-core protesters marched through pavilions at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Making noise with drums and whistles, they made their way through the main UQAM building, splitting up on a number of occasions as they searched for ongoing classes. A masked protester would yell out marching orders for the next target, such as: “Pavilion M!”
They entered a contract-law class after walking up nine flights of stairs.
In that classroom, the group began flicking on and off the lights, and repeatedly yelling, “Scab!” at the stunned group of students seated inside.
A few men even grabbed two female students by the arm, telling them to get out. One spray-painted a red message on the wall of the classroom: “On strike, dammit!”
The teacher and students shouted at the protesters and told them to leave.
But during the 10-minute standoff, most of the students eventually gave up and left the classroom, as did the teacher. Some of those who remained got into heated discussions with the protesters, as they yelled obscenities at each other.
The protesters then worked their way toward another class. They had marched east on De Maisonneuve Boulevard for a few minutes before they found their target: 1001 De Maisonneuve East. They chanted, “Who owns UQAM? We own UQAM!”
None of the protesters were carrying weapons. They did, however, get into students’ faces, shouting at them, shoving their books and climbing on desks.