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About 400 arrested in Canada tuition protest

About 400 arrested as Canada protests over higher tuition continue By The Associated Press

MONTREAL (AP) ' About 400 people have been arrested overnight in the latest protest in Canada over higher university tuition.

Weeks of protests in Quebec have at times turned violent. The provincial government last week passed emergency legislation meant to end Canada's most sustained student demonstrations ever.

Protesters on Wednesday night threw objects at police in Montreal as what started as a peaceful march fell apart. Police encircled the thousands of protesters and squeezed them into a tighter space.

Arrests were made in Montreal, Quebec City and Sherbrooke.

Quebec Premier Jean Charest has refused to roll back the tuition hikes of C$254 (US$249) per year over seven years. Quebec has the lowest tuition rates in Canada, and they would remain among the country's lowest.

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