MONTREAL - A counter-revolution is now in full swing at McGill University.

After months of radical and rebellious behaviour by a small group of students, which culminated last week in the five-day occupation of the James Administration Building, the silent majority on campus has finally decided to speak up.

These are the students who prefer discussion to dissension and conversation over confrontation.

Fed up with being overshadowed by a vocal and radical minority, a groundswell of student opposition has been growing on social networking sites – and there’s unhappiness about how a group of radicalized students has polarized and divided the campus.

There are thousands of students now connected to Facebook pages like Our McGill It’s Time to Come Together or The James 6th Floor Occupiers Do NOT Represent Me.

A letter posted at the latter site criticized a small group of students for “monopolizing the political discourse of our campus at the expense of all of us.”

It says these students have “hijacked” all kinds of organizations and political venues and concludes by saying: “We reject their extremist rhetoric. We reject their radical tactics. We reject their divisive speech.”

“A politicized campus can lead to division,” said sociology student Ariel Prado, who helped to organize a discussion group for almost 100 students on Monday in response to the friction on campus.

“We just want to create a structure so people can respectfully disagree with one another.”

Despite these noble intentions, Monday was filled yet again with discord and protests at McGill.