Commentaire de l’auteur montréalaise Zhimei Zhang, qui a connnu la révolution culturelle chinoise:
Les carrés rouges lui rappellent les bandeaux rouges des gardes révolutionnaires de l’époque.
-It seems to me that the Quebec student protesters are abusing democracy and freedom, which are the rights of every citizen, not just the protesters. This reminds me so much of the 10 disastrous years of the Cultural Revolution in China (1966 to 1976) when students went amok, ignoring all authorities, infringing on the basic survival rights of people, smashing everything they could put their hands on and shouting with inflated arrogance: “What is law? I am law!” The loss was beyond restitution and the damage irreparable.
-I can’t help but make this comparison because I see so many similarities in the students’ behaviour. The red squares pinned on their chests are for me alarming echoes of the red armbands worn by the Chinese Red Guards, the vanguard of all destruction. Democracy is meaningless if you are depriving other people of their rights while asserting your own. If we start to defy all rules and laws, then we have anarchy.
I was glad that I hadn’t seen any Chinese faces in the marching crowd. I don’t think Chinese parents would encourage their children to participate in such activities. I wouldn’t. It is well known that Quebec’s university tuition fee is the lowest in Canada. It is not even a 10th of Princeton University’s tuition.
Do you know that getting into good universities in China has become a luxury for average families? In addition to paying tuition plus living expenses, a huge burden already for parents, the Chinese have to give handsome bribes to teachers and school authorities to compete with their peers for the limited number of places available. Chinese families feel so blessed to have their children studying in Canada and getting a good education.
I agree with Josh Freed, who said in his weekend column: “We see Quebec’s higher new tuition rates as still being more of a bargain than a burden.”
Why can’t Quebec students see this? Unless there are other political motives behind the movement that cannot be revealed.