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Quebec student spokesman pleads not guilty to contempt of court

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, spokesperson for CLASSE, the largest and most militant of the three main student groups organizing the Quebec student strike, poses in Montreal on May 7, 2012.

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The high-profile spokesman for one of Quebec's largest student federations has pleaded not guilty to a charge of contempt of court.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois entered the plea today in a Quebec City courtroom.

The charge stems from a complaint by Jean-Francois Morasse who alleges Mr. Nadeau-Dubois encouraged students to ignore a court injunction that paved the way for Mr. Morasse to return to class at Universite Laval in Quebec City.

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The contempt-of-court case focuses on remarks Mr. Nadeau-Dubois made on television on May 13.

At the time, Mr. Nadeau-Dubois said it was legitimate for protesters to form picket lines to keep students who had obtained injunctions from getting to their classrooms.

Mr. Nadeau-Dubois is a co-spokesman for the CLASSE student group — the most radical of the province's three main student associations.



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