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Protesters rally in Montreal to defend French language

A demonstration by le Mouvement des jeunes souverainistes makes its way from Old Montreal to McGill's downtown campus in Montreal on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020.
A demonstration by le Mouvement des jeunes souverainistes makes its way from Old Montreal to McGill's downtown campus in Montreal on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020.

About 200 people took to the streets under the banner of the Mouvement des jeunes souverainistes on Saturday to demonstrate for the preservation of French in Quebec.

“It is absurd that the (largest city in Quebec) does not even have an official policy on the French language. It is not just the government of Quebec that must act. The city of Montreal must create a French language council without further delay,” Mercier-Ullhorn said.

“The reality is that in Montreal, we can speak French, but we must speak English. Being francophone is becoming a disadvantage,” activist Catherine Massé said in a statement.

The group proceeded to McGill University, where the government came under attack for a $750-million project to improve the infrastructure at McGill and Dawson College.

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