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Talks break off between Quebec and student groups

A demonstrator throws a rock towards the police line during a student demonstration outside the Montreal Convention Centre against hikes to university and college tuition fees Friday, April 20, 2012 in Montreal.


Talks have broken off between the Quebec government and student groups.

The sides had been trying to find a peaceful resolution to their differences, after weeks of unrest in the streets.

But two days of meetings failed to find a solution — and talks have now been suspended.

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The negotiations began unravelling after rowdy protests last night and today in Montreal, which saw smoke bombs launched in the subway system and a window being smashed downtown.

After those incidents, the government booted the most radical of the three groups away from the negotiating table. It said that hard-line group — nicknamed the C.L.A.S.S.E. — had implicitly condoned the vandalism.

That move prompted the other two groups to storm out in protest.

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