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Amid wave of student strikes, Quebec student wins legal bid to reopen class

Students hold signs during a protest against tuition hikes in downtown Montreal, Quebec March 22, 2012. The signs read "For sale our education".


A Quebec university student has won a legal fight to have one of his classrooms reopened.

Laurent Proulx convinced a Quebec Superior court judge that student strikes, declared by student groups across the province, should not be able to keep him from going to class.

The court has granted him an injunction that will reopen an anthropology class he's enrolled in at Laval University in Quebec City.

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Mr. Proulx had argued that he needed to finish that class immediately, because he has a job lined up this summer. He also argued that a delay could harm his chances of getting into law school.

The 24-year-old, a former soldier, only won a partial victory, however.

The court granted him an injunction that applies to one anthropology course, but not to the rest of the shuttered Universite Laval classes.

Tens of thousands of students have walked out on their studies to protest the Quebec government's move to increase tuition by 75 per cent over five years.

But some students have taken legal action against the strikes, imposed by individual student groups after votes at public assemblies. One of those injunction requests was rejected in Montreal, one successfully got a school to reopen in Alma, and Mr. Proulx's action earned a mixed result in Quebec City.

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