Reaction of the FLQ to the Invocation of the War Measures Act
(October 17, 1970)
Communiqué from the Liberation cell; this was only released
on December 8, 1970.
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 Quebecois feel towards the patriots of the Front de libération du Quebec since the kidnapping of J. Cross and Pierre Laporte, and since the publication of the manifesto of the Front de liberation du Quebec. Consequently, the Front de liberation du Quebec declares:
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.
© 1999, Claude Bélanger, Marianopolis College