In 2012, a Quebec student movement emerged in opposition to a proposed tuition increase of 75%. During the height of protests, estimates of more than 300,000 people took to the streets of Montreal.
Police brutality and mass arrest tactics compounded the tension between protestors and the government, resulting Bill 78 — a piece of legislature that criminalized the protests. In 2012, the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights commented, “In the context of student protests, I am disappointed by the new legislation [Bill 78] passed in Quebec that restricts their rights to freedom of association and of peaceful assembly.”
Developing Pictures work on the Quebec student movement has been featured in Brazil’s largest newspaper, O Globo, Adbusters online, and several student publications.