A former felquist who participated in the kidnapping of James Richard Cross, a former British diplomat who died in the last days of COVID, called the gesture a bad idea 50 years after the October Crisis.
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“It’s not the best idea in the world. What do you want, at that time there were liberation struggles everywhere at the international level. And the felquistes at that time, let’s say, followed suit, ”said Louise Lanctôt in an interview with Denis Lévesque.
At the time, Mr. Cross was seen by the Front de liberation du Québec (FLQ) as a symbol of British colonialism, Ms. Lanctôt explains.
“We thought that going from a symbol to someone real made a difference. […] But in fact, it was not a symbol, it was a human person who was like us, who was afraid at one point of being killed by the RCMP, the SQ or the Montreal police ” , she continues.
In addition to having been kidnapped by the FLQ, Mr. Cross had previously been kidnapped in Israel, according to Louise Lanctôt.
The latter was also said to be “happy” that the man who died at the age of 99 was able to live several years after the events.
“Someone who is kidnapped, even if he was part of the secret service, it’s still a trauma. […] He survived 50 years, which is still very good, ”she said.
See the full interview in the video above