'Riot' at Sir George Williams: Giving Meaning to Student Dissent

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'Riot' at Sir George Williams: Giving Meaning to Student Dissent
Abstract
An examination of the January 1969 student occupation of Montreal's Sir George Williams University (now part of Concordia University) computer centre over charges of racial discrimination by a faculty member. What began as a peaceful occupation ended violently, with a fire that caused an estimated $1 million damages to the computer centre and the arrest of ninety-seven individuals, forty-eight of whom were Black protesters. The author focuses on how these events were interpreted by various social actors: student unions, the Sir George Williams Faculty Union, the university administrators, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Montreal's Black community.
Book Title
Debating Dissent: Canada and the Sixties
Place
Toronto, ON
Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Date
2012
Pages
97-114
Language
en
Citation
Martel, Marcel. “‘Riot’ at Sir George Williams: Giving Meaning to Student Dissent.” In Debating Dissent: Canada and the Sixties, edited by Lara Campbell, Dominique Clément, and Gregory S. Kealey, 97–114. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 2012.
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