Units of the Canadian Army moved into Montreal on Thursday (Oct. 15) to protect officials and government buildings from possible attacks by separatist forces.
SCENES OF ARMY UNITS TAKING UP POSITIONS AND PATROLLING IN THE STREETS OF MONTREAL. ALSO, ROBERT LEMIEUX, NEGOTIATOR FOR THE FRONT FOR THE LIBERATION OF QUEBEC, HOLDS NEWS CONFERENCE.
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Background: Units of the Canadian Army moved into Montreal on Thursday (Oct. 15) to protect officials and government buildings from possible attacks by separatist forces.
The soldiers were part of two regular army battalions, assigned to assist local police forces in providing security for buildings and personnel in Montreal.
Estimates are that some 2,000-3,000 soldiers are involved in the operation.
The army was called in as negotiations between the government and the FLQ still had not produced the release of two officials kidnapped earlier this month.
The FLQ has demanded the release of 23 prisoners as part of the deal for the release of the two officials. So far, Quebec government spokesmen have said that they will not do this. The two hostages have been threatened with death unless the FLQ demands are met.
Robert Lemieux, negotiator for the FLQ, has angrily denounced the government's position.