Quebec 70: A Documentary Narrative

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"This cruel and senseless act"
OCTOBER 17-20NOTHING had been heard from the FLQ Cells since the morning of October 14. But at 10 AM October 17 the Liberation cell penned its tenth communiqué. Receipt of the communiqué was not made public, however, until Mr Choquette read it in the National Assembly on December 8:The present authorities have declared war on the Quebec patriots. After having pretended to negotiate for several days they have finally revealed their true face as hypocrites and terrorists.The colonial army has come to give assistance to the "bouncers" of Drapeau the "dog." Their objective: to terrorize the population by massive and illegal arrests and searches, by large and noisy deployments, and by making shattering statements on the urgent situation in Quebec, etc.They must, at all costs, undermine the dangerous sympathy that a large number of Québécois feel towards the patriots of the Front de libération du Québec since the kidnapping of J. Cross and Pierre Laporte, and since the publication of the manifesto of the Front de libération du Québec. Consequently, the Front de libération du Québec declares:
1. The death sentence against J. Cross is suspended indefinitely. J. Cross remains a prisoner of the Front de libération du Québec and will not be released until the present authorities have complied with our demands. He will only be executed if it should occur that the fascist police discover us and attempt to intervene.
2. As for Pierre Laporte, the Chenier cell of the Front de libération du Québec is presently studying his case and will makes its decision known shortly.
3. We ask that all the action cells of the Front de libération du Québec, as well as all determined Québécois, go into action in an attempt to undermine the decisions of the fascist authorities so that the patriot political prisoners will be released.

We shall overcome. The Front de libération du Québec.

Following are two remarks: 1 We thank Mr Robert Lemieux for his devotion to duty which, fortunately or otherwise, served only to reveal the hypocrisy of the fascist authorities. 2 We are attaching a personal letter from J. Cross to his wife to this communiqué.

( Bernard Mergler, the lawyer who negotiated the release of James Cross, later said that Jacques Lanctét, one of the kidnappers, told him that "we

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents 1
  • Preface 3
  • Separatism or Federalism 5
  • The Cross Abduction 28
  • A Second Hostage -- Pierre Laporte 55
  • It's War-Total War 76
  • This Cruel and Senseless Act 100
  • The Montreal Election 111
  • The Last Act 121
  • Questions and Consequences 136
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