For reasons that seem incomprehensible to the Rest of Canada the violence in Quebec seems to be getting worse.
The recent law to quell violent unrest (a law likely constitutionally valid as being a reasonable limit on otherwise protected rights) has merely added fuel to the protests.
Presumably the unrest has deeper roots than a fairly minor tuition increase. But what are those roots? Anger at the failures in Quebec society? Generational anxiety? From the Rest of Canada it appears as an enigma wrapped in a mystery:
Montreal police came under criticism Sunday after a video was released showing them spraying bar patrons with pepper spray after a chair was tossed in their direction.
The video shows patrons on the patio at Le St-Bock and police in what appears to be a standoff. A chair is thrown at police and officers respond by firing off several rounds of pepper spray. The two sides clash briefly, and the patrons eventually disperse and take cover inside the bar.
Bar manager Nicolas Paquet said police also fired a crowd-dispersal powder at the patrons gathered on the patio.
"People were falling on each other running inside to get away from the pepper spray, breaking things, and then people left by the back exit," Guimond told The Canadian Press.
"My waitress said, 'We have to call 911.' And then she said, 'But wait, it's the police that are doing this.' That's when you realize there's a total loss of security."