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We Are All Québécois: A Statement of Solidarity from Chilean Students and Academics

Below is a statement of solidarity from Chilean academics and student leaders with the ongoing student protests in Montréal, Québéc, Canada. 

This statement was originally written in Spanish and was translated into English by Liza Sabater (@blogdiva). The version here has been lightly edited by Joshua Eaton (@joshua_eaton).

For background on the Québéc protests, check out the Wikipedia article. To follow the protests on Twitter, check out #ggi, #manifencours, and #manifencasseroles.

For English translations of French Tweets and blog posts about the protests, follow TTR Canada on Twitter: @TTRCanada. Also follow the Translating the Printemps Érable collective: @TranslateErable.

We Are All Québécois!

We the undersigned, Chilean academics and student leaders, denounce to national and international public opinion the persecution of the student movement in Québéc, Canada, expressed in Act 78, which was enacted on Thursday, May 19 by the government of Prime Minister Jean Charest.

Act 78—or the “Loi Matraque" (Rattle Law)—is the harshest since the War Measures Act in October 1970. It has been denounced by the President of the Bar of that province, as well as by Amnesty International, the Human Rights League, the four main trade unions, and various academic bodies.

It co-opts the fundamental freedoms of the citizens of Québéc by fundamentally restricting freedom of expression, freedom to demonstrate, and freedom of assembly, which are enshrined in both the Constitution and Québéc’s Charter of Rights.

This law affects not only the students who have been on strike for fifteen weeks against higher tuition, but also all citizens—particularly teachers, academics, and workers, whose rights of expression and assembly are being affected.

Amongst these measures we denounce those that prevent spontaneous demonstrations of any group of more than fifty persons; the prohibition on protesting within fifty meters of a school; and the strengthening of police power by allowing police to decide at any time if a demonstration is legal or illegal, or if someone is an agitator.

By the same token, this law punishes any public expression of support for the demonstrations.

For example, nobody in Québéc during a conflict may prevent the entry of students to colleges and universities, on pain of individual fines, fines to the student association or unions they belong to, as well as fines to union and student leaders.

These penalties range from CA$1,000 to CA$125,000.

Student leadership have announced they will challenge this law in court for being unconstitutional, and they have called for solidarity from all citizens.

The people of Québéc have for years stood by the Chilean people with their active solidarity. That’s why today we feel called to express and demonstrate our fullest solidarity with their student organizations and their leaders, with their labor unions, and with all citizen activists.

We do this for solidarity, but also because we understand that any attack against the freedoms of any place in the globalized world is an attack on our freedoms.

The so-called “Ley Hinzpeter" (Hinzpeter Law) driven by the Chilean government is part of the same repressive and undemocratic perspective.

The struggle of students, academics, and workers in Québéc is also our struggle.

Santiago de Chile, May 24, 2012.

First signatories:

Sergio Grez Toso, historian, professor at the University of Chile.

María Eugenia Domínguez, a journalist, an academic at the University of Chile.

Boric Gabriel, President of the Student Federation of the University of Chile (FECH).

Camila Vallejo Dowling, Vice-President of the Student Federation of the University of Chile (FECH).

Felipe Ramírez, Secretary General of the Federation of Students of the University of Chile (FECH).

Andrés Fielbaum, Secretary of Communications of the Federation of Students of the University of Chile (FECH).

Pablo Soto Arrate, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of the Student Federation of the University of Chile (FECH).

Rodrigo Cárdenas Cabezas, Secretary General of the Federation of Students of the University of Magallanes, Punta Arenas.

Sebastián Aylwin Correa, Vice President of the Students of the School of Law, University of Chile.

Francisco Figueroa, former Vice President of the Student Federation of the University of Chile (DATE), 2011.

Loreto Fernández, former President of the Students of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Chile (2011) and current Welfare Officer of the Student Federation of the University of Chile (FECH).

Board of Health Education, University of Chile (Consejo de Estudiantes de la Salud de la Universidad de Chile).

Eloísa González Domínguez, Speaker of the Assembly of Students of Liceo Manuel de Salas, Speaker of the Coordinating Assembly of Santiago High School Students (ACES).

Gabriel González, President of the Student Center, National Institute (CAIN) 2012, Santiago.

Álvaro Fernández, President of the Government High School Student Application (GELA) 2011-2012, Santiago.

Matías Cárdenas, former spokesman of the Lyceum 2011 Application, current Executive Secretary of the Government High School Student Application (GELA) 2011-2012, Santiago.

Tamara Castro, President of the Students of Liceo Carmela Carvajal de Prat, Providencia, Santiago.

Diego Polo Baptist Cubillos, Executive Secretary of National Internship Alumni Center Barros Arana, Santiago.

Jorge Silva, President of the Student Center Liceo José Victorino Lastarria, Providencia, Santiago.

Camila Hernández, President of the Student Lyceum Tajamar 2012, Providencia, Santiago.

Moisés Paredes, former spokesman Arturo Alessandri Palma High School, Providencia, Santiago, current representative of the expelled students without tuition of that school.

Camila Fuentes, President of the Center for Students of Liceo 7, Providence (CELIS), 2012, Santiago.

Sebastián Vielmas, former Secretary General (2011) of the Student Federation of the Catholic University of Chile (FEUC).

Pablo Oyarzún Robles, philosopher, professor at the University of Chile.

Eduardo Flores Retamal, President of the Student Center for Veterinary Medicine, University of Chile.

Carlos Ruiz Encina, sociologist, professor at the University of Chile.

José Aylwin, lawyer, professor at the Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia.

Manuel Loyola, historian, professor at the University of Santiago de Chile.

Ariel Russel García, director of the Student Federation of the University of Chile (FECH), Faculty of Agricultural Sciences.

Diego Corvalán, Director of the Student Federation of the University of Chile (FECH) and former Secretary General of the Students of Social Sciences at the University of Chile.

Faride Zerán, journalist, academic at the University of Chile, the National Journalism Award.

Felipe Portales Cifuentes, sociologist, professor at the University of Chile.

Alexis Meza Sánchez, historian, former leader of the Student Federation of the University of Concepción.

Carlos Ossandón Buljevic, philosopher, professor at the University of Chile.

Pedro Rosas Aravena, historian, Director of the School of History and Social Sciences at the University ARCIS.

Jonás Chnaidemann, a biologist, professor at the University of Chile and University of Senator same university.

Marcelo Santos, social communicator, educator and consultant on communication and democracy.

Pierina Ferretti, a sociologist, a professor at Valparaiso University.

Luis Casado, engineer CESI, France, adviser to the Confederation Minera de Chile.

Mario Matus González, historian, professor at the University of Chile.

Jorge Pinto Rodríguez, a historian, professor at the Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco.

Ignacio Díaz Concha, Secretary General of the Center for High School Students of the University of Chile.

Víctor de la Fuente, journalist, director of the Chilean edition of Le Monde Diplomatique.

Carlos Sandoval Ambiado, historian, professor at the Universidad de Los Lagos and the University Viña del Mar.

Germán F. Westphal, linguist, a Chilean-Canadian.

Cassigoli Isabel, a sociologist, a professor at the University ARCIS.

Margarita Iglesias Saldaña, a historian, an academic at the University of Chile.

Ángela Vergara, a historian, an academic at California State University, Los Angeles, USA.

George K. Chuaqui, sociologist, professor at Valparaiso University, President of the National Association of Users of Mental Health Services (ANUSSAM).

Félix J. Aguirre D., a sociologist and political scientist, professor at the University of Valparaiso.

Julio Pinto Vallejos, historian, professor at the University of Santiago de Chile.

Mauricio Barría Jara, playwright, professor at the University of Chile.

Darcie Doll Castle, Doctor of Literature, an academic at the University of Chile.

Molina Carlos Bustos, a surgeon and historian, academic history of the School of Public Health at the Universidad de Chile and Universidad Viña del Mar.

Francisco Torres, a spokesman for General Student Assembly Graduate School of Philosophy and Humanities at the University of Chile.

Isabel Jara, a historian, an academic at the University of Chile.

Bravo Pedro Elizondo, MD Literature, academician of Wichita State University, Kansas, USA.

José del Pozo, historian, professor at the Université de Québec à Montréal, Canada.

Marco Rodríguez W., sociologist, professor at the University of Valparaiso.

Igor Goicovic Donoso, historian, professor at the University of Santiago de Chile.

Gabriel Muñoz, coordinator of the Student Assembly of History at the University of Chile.

Bárbara Brito, chief executive of the Federation of Students of the University of Chile (FECH), Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities.

Benjamín Infante, director of the Student Federation of the University of Chile (FECH), Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities.

Manuel Jesús Hidalgo Valdivia, economist.

Juan Carlos Gómez Leyton, political scientist, professor at the University ARCIS.

Iván Ljubetic Vargas, historian, former professor at the Universidad de Chile Temuco campus.

Rodrigo Contreras Molina, anthropologist, professor at the Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco.

Marcelo Pereira Garrido, geographer, Head of the career of Geography, University Academy of Christian Humanism.

Javier Sandoval Ojeda, former President of the Student Federation of the University of Concepción, 1996-1997.

Mario Valdés Vera, historian, professor at the University of Concepción.

Pablo Aravena Núñez, professor at the University of Valparaiso.

César Cerda Albarracín, historian, professor at the Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana.

Paz López, Academic Coordinator Master of Cultural Studies, University ARCIS.

María Soledad Jiménez, historian, academic University Academy of Christian Humanism.

Mario Garcés Durán, historian, professor at the University of Santiago de Chile, Director of Communications ECO.

Rodrigo Zúñiga Contreras, philosopher, professor at the University of Chile.

Sergio Rojas Contreras, philosopher, professor at the University of Chile.

Carmen Gloria Bravo Quezada, a historian, an academic at the University of Santiago de Chile.

Miguel Valderrama, historian, professor at the University ARCIS.

Kevin Villegas, sociologist, professor at the Universidad Pedro de Valdivia, home Chillán.

Serradell Alonso Diaz, Masters in Citizenship and Human Rights: Ethics and Politics, University of Barcelona.

Catherine Marchant Valenzuela, professor, Ph.D. student in History, University of Chile.

Bravo Viviana Vargas, historian, doctoral student in American Studies at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM).

Enrique Fernández Darraz, a sociologist and historian.

Florencia Velasco, graduate student in Literature and MA in Literature from the University of Chile, responsible for editing Lom Ediciones publishing.

Blaise Pantel, Professor, Department of Sociology and Political Science, Catholic University of Temuco.

Sebastian Rios Labbé, lawyer, professor at the University of Chile.

Oscar Zapata Hair, student delegate of the School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Chile.

Evelin Cruz Ledesma, a volunteer and member of the Committee for Human Rights in Latin America (CDHAL), Montréal, Québéc, Canada.

Laureano Czech Academic Institute of Communication and Image (ICER) at the University of Chile.

Antezana Lorena Barrios, Academic Institute of Communication and Image (ICER) at the University of Chile.

Godoy Milton Orellana, historian, professor at the University Academy of Christian Humanism.

José Miguel Labrín, Academic Institute of Communication and Image (ICER) at the University of Chile.

Poo Ximena Figueroa, Academic Institute of Communication and Image (ICER) at the University of Chile.

José Alberto de la Fuente, Doctor of Literature, academic at the Cardinal Raúl Silva Henríquez Catholic University .

Jorge Gonzalorena Döll, sociologist, professor at the University of Valparaiso.

Oyarzo Sandra Torres, midwife, academic at the University of Chile.

Luis Castro, historian, professor at the University of Valparaiso.

Troncoso Patrick Ovando, production engineer, former president of the Student Federation of the Federico Santa María Technical University (FEUTFSM)—based in Talcahuano—from 2001 to 2003.

Gonzalo Ojeda Urzúa, sociologist, professor at the University of Valparaíso.

Valentina Saavedra, former President of the Students of Architecture and current Minister of the Federation of Students of the University of Chile (FECH), Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism.

Cristián Pozo, sociologist.

Francisco Herrera, philosopher, professor at the University of Chile.

Eleonora Reyes, historian, academic at the University of Chile.

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