Former student leader decides to appeal
The student leader found guilty of contempt of court yesterday, is appealing his conviction.
Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois had been accused of encouraging protesters to ignore court injunctions obtained by students who wanted to return to class.
He faces a maximum of one year in jail.
Nadeau-Dubois says with all respect to the judge he has misunderstood what his intentions were during the student conflict. The judgement read that the former leader of CLASSE supported anarchy and disorder, which he claims was never the case.
"I have never supported anarchy and disorder, I have only supported access to education and social justice. Those are my values."
The main reason why he says he is appealing is because he does not want people after him to be afraid to express their opinion.
Nadeau-Dubois also admits that this is a difficult time and he does not have the means to pay for this appeal on his own. So he is asking the public for financial support.
"I am making this appeal, but I am also asking for solidarity because I need the support."
He adds that the only reason why he is in front of the courts in the first place is because the previous government decided to keep the conflict going.