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Canada Montreal police arrest 60 student protesters after group storms hotel, mall

Student protesters leave after overturning a table filled with croissants and orange juice prior to the National Bank Financial Group annual general meeting in Montreal April 4, 2012.

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Montreal police arrested dozens of student protesters this morning after a group of demonstrators stormed the city's upscale Queen Elizabeth Hotel and a downtown shopping mall.

Police say they were called to the hotel after demonstrators started flipping tables and smashing dishes inside the building where John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their famous bed-in for peace.

Quebec students have been holding regular demonstrations across the province for weeks to voice their opposition to the government's plan to hike tuition fees.

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Montreal police dispersed today's crowd at the hotel — but they say some demonstrators headed straight for the nearby Centre Eaton shopping mall.

Police say officers pursued the protesters through the mall where display cases were knocked over and items were broken.

They say they eventually caught up to some of the demonstrators and made around 60 arrests.

Several recent student protests have snarled traffic on city streets, blocked access to buildings and led to dozens of arrests after demonstrators clashed with police.

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