Front de Libération du Québec 1968
Source: Les grands textes indépendantistes, 1774-1992; Andrée Ferretti & Gaston Miron. Editions de l’Hexagone, Montreal, 1992;
Translated: for marxists.org by Mitch Abidor;
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On June 30, 1968, as the repression against the FLQ increased, members of the Vallières-Gagnon Committee, as well as other sympathizers, established an organization to collect funds to defend political prisoners and to pay their bail.
When we examine the objectives of the Movement as they are expressed in the declaration of principles, we realize that it is more a matter of means of action than of veritable objectives. We will arrive at something through the defense committees for political prisoners, through the constitution of defense funds, through a campaign against informing, through good information. But at what? No mention is made of this: only the colors of the leaflet containing the declaration of principles (the green, white and red of the Patriotes) give us an idea. In addition, we have popularized various articles with the colors of the Patriotes: wool hats, scarves, flags and sweaters. We have just published a book on The Patriotes of 1830-39. In a certain manner, then, we have identified ourselves with the Patriotes of the last century. When we think about it, perhaps we are closer to them than we had thought:
We, the members of the Movement for the Defense of Québécois Political Prisoners, affirm our enduring will to defend — to aid by the means which we will have at our disposal — the just cause of the Québécois political prisoners who fight according to their means in order to overthrow this alienating society, in this way contributing to the real liberation of the people of Quebec.