Hearings into student protests start
The Ménard commission is set to begin Monday. One year after the student protests over proposed tuition hikes, public hearings will relive the conflict, to analyze the circumstances of the maple spring and look at the police techniques that were used.
But the commission has been under criticism since it was announced by the PQ last May.
Key players like the police union refused to cooperate saying the commission was biased and lacked transparency. Support from student groups has also been divided.
But student group, FEUQ says it will participate, its former leader Martine Desjardins will testify at the commission Monday.
“We don’t think the process is perfect but it’s a step in the right direction,” Antoine Genest- Grégoire, the current president of the FEUQ told CJAD. “It has the potential to show examples and to give direction for the future and that’s why we decided to be participants.”
Former PQ Public Security and Justice Minister Serge Ménard will head the three-member commission.
The public hearings will be held over three weeks and they'll have until December 20 to provide a report that will give suggestions on how to prevent similar situations from reoccurring.
More than 500 protests were held between February, 2012 and September, 2012 and resulted in scores of arrests.
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