But as many people have demonstrated in the recent and distant past, sinking to the methods of those who will oppress you doesn’t work. Ghandi, the US Civil Rights movement etc are fine examples of how an ethical and peaceful resistance effort can have long founded and positive repercussions on a country.But then that's the problem with all rebellions. They are messy, ugly things. Like any struggle, the victors, and particularly those who weren't there, tell themselves stories about it all afterward and gloss over the awkward facts and uglier moments. The US Civil Rights movement and the Indian independence movement were extremely violent in places, and there were a great number casualties in the latter which weren't a result of Imperial bullets and batons. Had neither of these succeeded, the other side would be telling nasty stories about the brutality of one element or another. Despite noble intentions a pure campaign non-violent resistance is more myth than practice. "Leaders" cannot control the actions of all those who share the share the same grievances. Fear, and the seduction of the moment, and indeed circumstances will drive some to extremes. This cannot be avoided without careful, deliberate, and long-term planning. The running battle of the student rebellion does not have this luxury of time.
We can try as much as possible to not reflect the state's violence, but we are not all people who share our viewpoints. Students in the streets who see their peers bowing their heads and lining up for class are justifiably enraged as this represents a lack of solidarity at a critical time. The success of the rebellion is contingent on a unified front and detractors represent lines of division which the Quebec government will exploit. Indeed, they are doing so now through brutal and potentially unconstitutional legislation aimed breaking the protests and the larger student right to collectively resist. This could get much uglier still.
There's no glory in any of this. Quebec is the latest exemplar after Toronto of the broader and increasingly brutal struggle between citizens and their increasingly alien political class. Progressives, much used to civil deliberation and peaceful protest are learning effective resistance means risking personal security in all its forms. It means friends become enemies when they bow to intimidation and threats from power or simply try to protect themselves when those actions subvert the movement. It means making decisions and taking actions that will hurt people who have done nothing deserve it, such as students wishing for little more than to complete their studies. It means recognising that the state as it stands now simply will not act in good faith and will unblinkingly smash the window and blame you for it if you don't do it yourself. It means much fear, anger, and uncertainty.
It means accepting casualties and preparing for them. There will be more.