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Anarchopanda during a demonstration May 22nd in Montréal

Anarchopanda (French pronunciation: ​[anaʁkopɑ̃da]) is a giant panda and the unofficial mascot of the 2012 Quebec student protests, known for hugging both students and police officers.[1] His first appearance was at a protest on May 8, 2012. He was portrayed by philosophy professor Julien Villeneuve at Montreal CEGEP Collège de Maisonneuve.

Julien Villeneuve[edit]

Julien Villeneuve, who dressed in a panda costume to portray Anarchopanda, has a strong affinity for Plato, Aristotle and Plotinus.[2][3] A self-described anarcho-pacifist,[4] he tried to create a buffer between police and students to avoid violence "without betraying [the students'] struggle or co-opting their discourse".


  1. ^ "Grève étudiante: un panda pour la gratuité scolaire". Huffington Post Quebec. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Lalonde, Catherine (26 May 2012). "AnarchoPanda : la philosophie dans le trottoir". Le Devoir. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ SEIDMAN, KAREN (23 November 2012). "Skepticism trumps hope ahead of education summit". The Gazette. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Guerchani, Sarra (23 May 2012). "Vedette des manifestations étudiantes, Qui est Anarchopanda?". TVA Nouvelles. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 

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