So, what does the Red Square mean?
TheÂ redÂ squareÂ â€“ you might have seen this small, subtleÂ squareÂ pinned onto bags, shirts or caps: It all started in 2005 during the student strike that managed to save $103 million in bursaries for Quebec students.
It comes from the French saying â€ścarrĂ©ment dans le rouge,â€ť which means â€śsquarely in theÂ redâ€ť or basically, that students were in debt because of tuition increase and cuts in bursaries.
In 2005, some students even hung a giganticÂ redÂ squareÂ off of the Mount Royal cross, with a sign underneath it saying â€śArrĂŞtons de sacrifier nos enfantsâ€ť (â€śLet’s stop sacrificing our children.â€ť)
It’s usually made out of felt, but the idea is that it can be made out of any spare piece ofÂ redÂ clothing or material, so it doesn’t cost anything to get one!
So if you want to show your solidarity with tuition freeze you can cut one out for yourself and pin it to your knapsack with a safety pin. Or, if you have noÂ redÂ cloth kicking around, just pick one up aÂ redÂ squareÂ at the GSA! It’s one very easy way to support the struggle against tuition increase.
Once you start wearing it, you’ll start noticing them all around you on people in the metro, in the bus, around Concordia, and all around the city!
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