• Short Summary

    A Quebec Government offer to release five so-called political prisoners in exchange for two kidnap victims held by the Quebec Liberation Front was flatly rejected on Thursday night.

  • Description

    A Quebec Government offer to release five so-called political prisoners in exchange for two kidnap victims held by the Quebec Liberation Front was flatly rejected on Thursday night. Lawyer Robert Lemieux angrily refuged the offer on behalf of the FLQ -- only a matter of hours before he was arrested in the Canadian Government's round-up FLQ members and sympathisers.

    The Front had set a series of conditions for the release of Quebec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte and British Diplomat James Cross. These conditions included freedom for 23 prisoners held on terrorist charges and a half-million dollar (GBP 200,000 sterling) ransom in gold.

    But the Quebec Government, stating what it called its "final position", said it would recommend the release of five of the prisoners and would grant safe conduct out of Canada for the kidnappers.

    Mr. Lemieux dismissed these terms as an insult to Canada's French-speaking population -- a rejection swiftly followed by the Federal Government's sweeping emergency measures to outlaw the FLQ.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAQ4X8NA254QAPSZSZUKGPKJ30
    Media URN:
    VLVAQ4X8NA254QAPSZSZUKGPKJ30
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/10/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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