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Unions and commmunity groups put thousands of people in the streets this week to mark the one year anniversary of Québecs liberal government.

In Montréal more than 10,000, in Québec City more than 7,000 and hundreds of others in other towns protested one year of force-fed anti-union, anti-people legislation, arbitrariness and arrogance from the Charest government.

In a year, the Charest government has unravelled 30 years of social progress. From opening the doors to large-scale contracting out and privatization of public services, to raising the fees for the provincial child care program to the wholesale restructuring of the health care system, the liberals have shredded Québecs social fabric.

But protest organizers took some solace in the fact that the government seems to have slowed its pace a bit, perhaps in response to unanticipated opposition.