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Denver LE - Occupy Denver joins with local students to support Quebec

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
May 31st, 2012
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This Friday, Occupy Denver will be joining with student protest groups Occupy Auraria, Occupy DU, and Political Active Ztudents (PAZ) to rally in support of the over 3-month-long student strike in Quebec over increased college tuition.

DENVER, CO (Catholic Online) - A large turnout is expected for this demonstration in support of Quebec's students. Marches are also to be expected to take place in cities across the United States including Chicago, Portland, Oakland, and others.

Occupy Denver made this following statement on their website:

"The strike has been the result of over 2,500 arrests and draconian emergency laws banning protestors from wearing masks. The strikes have been largely ignored in the US press so as to not inspire us, but it is too late! We are inspired and we are taking to the streets! The students of Mexico are also taking to the streets by the thousands! This Friday, so will the students of Colorado!

Tuition hikes and austerity are already effecting campuses across the US, and it will only get worse as the 1% gradually tries to limit their losses and restrict our gains. We call on all students, all workers and non-workers, all victims of student-debt-slavery to march with us this Friday."

Across the nation, the rising cost of college tuitions has affected students. At the University of Colorado, the Board of Regents passed tuition increases in April, despite a 16% increase in early 2012. In 2007-08, a 19% increase was seen in the tuition rates at the college. Annually, there is an average of around 9% increase in tuition rates.

The march is to begin at 6:30 p.m. on the Capitol steps behind Lincoln Park. It is the first Occupy Denver march since the unauthorized camping ban, passed by Denver City Council earlier in May.

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