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Dozens arrested at Montreal meeting

/ 08:57 AM April 22, 2012

MONTREAL – Police arrested dozens of protesters in Montreal Saturday, a day after violent clashes between officers and demonstrators denouncing a plan to develop northern Quebec.

Several hundred people had gathered around midday outside the Palais des Congres conference center, which is hosting a conference on Quebec Premier Jean Charest’s signature plan for mining in the north.

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Police dispersed the protesters and then declared their protest illegal. Montreal police spokesman Daniel Lacoursiere said 90 people were arrested.

A major protest gathering environmentalists, students and opponents of the development plans is scheduled for Sunday.

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Since mid-February, students have held protests denouncing the Charest government’s decision to increase tuition fees, in one of the biggest student uprisings in the history of the French-speaking province.

Violent clashes unfolded Friday between protesters and police near the Palais des Congres.

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