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Photos: Quebec students protest tuition fee hikes

With 175,000 students out of a province-wide total of more than 400,000 on strike, leaders of the protest movement are playing havoc with Premier Jean Charest's pre-election strategy.

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Student protesters overturn a table filled with croissants and orange juice prior to the National Bank Financial Group annual general meeting in Montreal April 4, 2012. Media reports state the police arrested about 50 students on Wednesday as they continue their protest against tuition hikes in Quebec.

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A security guard battles with student protesters as they burst in prior to the National Bank Financial Group annual general meeting in Montreal April 4, 2012. Media reports state the police arrested about 50 students on Wednesday as they continued their protest against tuition hikes in Quebec.

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Thousands of students march as they protest against tuition hikes in downtown Montreal, Quebec, March 22, 2012.

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University and CEGEP students occupy the Complex G, the building where the offices of the Minister of Education are located, during a demonstration against a hike in tuition fees in Quebec City, March 27, 2012.

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University and CEGEP students demonstrate against a hike in tuition fees on the streets of Quebec City, March 27, 2012. The banner reads: "Education is a right".

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University and CEGEP students call members of the provincial Liberal government on their cell phones during a demonstration against a hike in tuition fees in Quebec City, March 27, 2012.

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University and CEGEP students demonstrate against a hike in tuition fees in front of the National Assembly in Quebec City, March 27, 2012.

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Students block Rene Levesque Blvd as they continue their protest against tuition fee hikes Wednesday, March 28, 2012 in Montreal.

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Students hang a banner that reads 'No to the Hike' from the roof of the Quebec Liberal party headquarters as they continue their protest against tuition fee hikes Wednesday, March 28, 2012 in Montreal.

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A police car is splashed with paint as the students' protest against tuition fee hikes continue, Thursday, March 29, 2012 in Montreal.

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Students demonstrate against tuition hikes Wednesday, April 4, 2012 in Quebec City.

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Students demonstrate outside the Marie-Guyart building which houses the Quebec Ministry of Education in a protest against tuition hikes Tuesday, March 27, 2012 in Quebec City.

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Thousands of students march to the legislature building to protest tuition hikes for university students on Thursday, March 1, 2012 in Quebec City.

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University and CEGEP students demonstrate against a hike in tuition fees in front of the National Assembly in Quebec City, March 27, 2012. The sign reads: "$1,625 It doesn't pass in Quebec".

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