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Quebec protests: Queen's University expert

2012-08-21

Queen’s University sociology professor emeritus Vincent Mosco is available to talk about the escalating student protests in Quebec. More than 500 people were arrested Wednesday night in Montreal. Charges were also laid in Quebec City and Sherbrooke.

Dr. Mosco, an expert on protests and social movements, feels the Quebec protests have evolved and it’s no longer just about increased tuition. It’s now about inequality.

“The protests are not going away. These demonstrations are starting to rank with major protests from the 1960s. It is getting support from organized labour, the Occupy movement, and opposition politicians. Support is coming from outside Quebec, including the U.S. and Europe. It is now about inequality and not just tuition. Jean Charest has dug himself a big hole that will be hard to climb out of (opening the door to the PQ),” says Dr. Mosco, the author of The Political Economy of Communication (SAGE Publications, 2009).

Dr. Mosco has written extensively on power, the media and social movements. Please note that Dr. Mosco is based in Ottawa.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 ormichael.onesi@queensu.ca or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or Anne.Craig@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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