Montreal police will investigate after a 22-year-old man said his eye was badly injured by the blast of a police stun grenade during Wednesday’s student protest over tuition fee hikes.
Francis Grenier, a student at Cégep de Saint-Jérôme, told CBC News from his hospital bed that he doesn’t know if he’ll regain vision in his right eye.
Student movement leaders are calling him a victim of police brutality and are accusing riot squad officers of overreacting after snowballs were launched during the afternoon protest on Sherbrooke Street.
Grenier said he was in front of the Loto-Québec headquarters Wednesday afternoon playing the harmonica when an officer told him to leave.
TVA also reports that apparently after Grenier ran from the scene badly injured to find help from a police officer, the officer refused to help him or to call him an ambulance. He was eventually helped to the hospital by fellow students.
Concordia votes to join Quebec provincial student strike; as much as 150,000 students across the province on strike starting March 15th
The vote of whether or not to call for a general strike, passing with 1152 votes in favour and 557 against, was a first in the University’s history. The vote will be renewed every week to decide how long the strike should go. Many departments are already on strike; this vote gives a mandate to the entire undergraduate organization to do the same.