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Quebec university student to face more charges related to classroom disruption

Policer officers get ready to watch a student demonstration against austerity, at Mont-Royal metro station in Montreal, on April 13, 2015. About 500 students walked in the streets to protest against austerity measures. The demonstration ended calmly by a sit-in in front of Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — Further charges will be laid against a Quebec university student who is already facing 14 counts related to the disruption of classes two weeks ago.

Hamza Babou was arrested on April 15 and denied bail by a municipal judge in Montreal two days later.

The 23-year-old Babou faces 12 charges, including assault and assault with a weapon in one case and is charged with assault and mischief in a separate file.

His lawyer said the charge of assault with a weapon is related to an aerosol can that contained so-called “silly string.”

Both cases were put off today until Friday.

The prosecutor told the judge other charges would be laid against Babou, who attends the UQAM, the Université du Québec à Montréal. He was arrested amid protests against an injunction that prevented students from disrupting classes.

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