Toronto group raises funds for Quebec student spokesperson involved in legal battle

Toronto group raises funds for Quebec student spokesperson involved in legal battle by The Canadian Press, November 3, 2012, The Tyee.ca
An Ontario group held a fundraising rally Saturday to support a prominent Quebec student leader who was found in contempt of court. Organizers of the Toronto protest said the court’s decision is an attack on free speech and sets a dangerous precedent for other social movements in Canada. The case involves Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, who became a household name in Quebec during the protests over tuition fees last spring.

One of the protest organizers said the ruling was worrisome. “It’s clear to us that this affects not only Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, but also spokespeople for future movements,” said Xavier Lafrance, a student at York University. “If we cannot state our (case) publicly… that’s a real limitation to our basic civil rights.” Nadeau-Dubois has said he doesn’t have the money to finance a legal battle and has asked for financial help.

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