Activists from the Revolutionary Student Movement (MER-RSM) are at the heart of the battles that are happening these days on various campuses across the country.

On March 24, following a call from the RSM, actions took place in some 15 cities and 7 provinces. The #redspring2015 Day of Action happened at the same time that thousands of Québec students were entering into a massive struggle against the austerity measures imposed by the bourgeois state.

In Montréal, more than 10,000 people took part in the first of a series of “night demonstrations,” the event being called by the RSM. In Québec City, the RSM comrades were in the streets when the cops brutally attacked and arrested nearly 300 students. Ten days later on April 2, tens of thousands of people—students, workers and common people—took to the streets in a demo organized by the “Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante” (ASSÉ). Meanwhile in Toronto, the RSM comrades were fully involved in the University of Toronto and York University TA/GA strike.

As soon as the strike began in Québec, the repressive arm of the bourgeois state descended upon the students. The police, private security agencies, the judiciary, the corporate media and even the old PQ debris such as Gilles Duceppe—who once was embedded in the student movement—have all been involved to hit, wound, and attempt to socially isolate students in struggle, for fear that a single spark could start a prairie fire.

Through their actions, RSM activists show that it is possible—and necessary—to deploy revolutionary political activity within the student movement at the service of the proletarian youth and in solidarity with the broad masses. As one comrade explains: “We know that our insistence on talking about revolution will displease those who usually prefer to accommodate the bourgeoisie. But there can be no single policy worth more than waging class struggle. We fiercely defend this simple idea.”

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