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Kidnapped in Quebec

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On this day in 1970 a government official of Quebec was kidnapped during the October crisis. Pierre Laporte, who at the time served as Quebec’s Minister of Labor, was kidnapped by the Quebec Liberation Front, a group committed to bringing about an independent, socialist Quebec through violence. Seven days later, on October 17, Laporte’s captors announced his murder.

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