Organizers of a spoken-word event in Quebec City are refusing to cancel a reading of the Front de Liberation du Quebec manifesto, meant to mark the th anniversary of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. Next weekend, entertainer Luck Mervil is set to stand on the Plains and read from the former terrorist organization's manifesto among readers reciting texts. It will take place over a hour period, and each reader will present various texts as part of the Moulin a Paroles event. We have to present what we think is history," said Brigitte Haentjens, a member of the committee that organized the event.

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And at the time, people interviewed on the streets said they supported what was said in the manifesto but were against violence. And that was normal. But it touched a lot of people," Mr. It is part of our history, and it is openly being taught in our colleges and universities. The two-day event in Quebec City next weekend will mark the defeat of the French at the hands of the British in with a reading of works about Quebec's history since the battle that placed Quebec under British rule.

The marathon prose-fest was organized after the cancellation of the Plains of Abraham battle re-enactment, which sovereigntist groups claimed amounted to nothing more then a propaganda event for Canadian federalism. Provincial Liberal cabinet minister Sam Hamad lashed out at organizers, saying the inclusion of the FLQ manifesto was an attempt to vindicate the kidnappings of British diplomat James Richard Cross and Pierre Laporte, who was later found dead in the trunk of a car.

Hamad said on Friday. Premier Jean Charest defended his minister's comments and refused calls by the organizers for an apology. Charest told reporters on Saturday. One of the organizers, Brigitte Haentjens, said yesterday she was appalled by the attacks. It amounts to intimidation.

I don't know if we can call it censorship. But what right do governments have to interfere with an event that is not publicly funded and that is an artistic event?

Haentjens said in telephone interview. It's quite strange. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way.

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