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(en) Canada, Collectif Emma Goldman - October 1970 manifesto: "the brave workers of Cabano" (de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 29 Oct 2020 09:35:34 +0200

If the year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the events of October, it also marks the 50th anniversary (somewhat forgotten) of the Cabano revolt. ---- Cabano is a small forest town at the bottom of the river then struggling with a catastrophic unemployment rate. The October 1970 Manifesto, read on Radio-Canada television, echoed this revolt which took place in the summer of 1970: " Yes, there are reasons for poverty, unemployment, slums.[...]And the brave workers of Cabano whom we have tried to cram once again know a lot of reasons[...]"- FLQ manifesto , October 1970. ---- The Cabano event, the general strike of construction workers, the strike at the General Motors assembly plant in Sainte-Thérèse, the struggle of the "lads of Lapalme" and their sabotage actions[1] demonstrate all the extent of the social fever in which Quebec was plunged in 1970. As the former felquiste Jacques Lanctôt rightly points out: " The FLQ was not born like a hair on the soup: it stuck to the reality of Quebec. 'then which knew a rise of workers' and popular struggles. "(Fournier, p.311)
The Cabano revolt

From June to July 1970, the population of Cabano presented injunctions to dislodge the D'Auteil Lumber company and stop logging. They are all rejected.

During the first week of August 1970, the revolt broke out. The citizens, having exhausted all legal means, resort to acts of sabotage. Louis Fournier writes in the book FLQ Histoire d'un mouvement clandestin that: " Angry citizens burn bridges, take out their hunting rifles and disarm Sureté du Québec agents dispatched to the site. "(Fournier, p.278)

Source: BAnQ
We can also read in the pages of the daily Le Soleil that: " From nine in the morning until eight in the evening, the people of Cabano loudly expressed their impatience[...]Twelve bridges were demolished by fire and dynamite. , power saws or quite simply with an ax[...]In the forest, on Saturday morning, in addition to blowing up bridges and spreading wooden ropes on the trails, the inhabitants of Cabano set fire to cabins and barracks which belonged to the D'Auteil Lumber "[2].

Also, the daily reports that a barn and a shed that belonged to the company were set on fire in front of more than a thousand people and without the firefighters being able to intervene. This barn was located on the land that the D'Auteil Lumber was to use for a new chipboard factory to replace the Fraser mill that burned down in 1966. Once the cutting permit was in hand, the company announced to the government that it abandoned his promise to build this factory, hence the anger of the people of Cabano.

On August 4, 1970, the mayor of Cabano revealed to the press that he had received an offer of assistance from two alleged militants of the Front de liberation du Québec (FLQ).

Le Soleil, August 5, 1970

The Cabano supervisory committee, chaired by Jos Landry, is created. It is made up of the citizens most determined to keep and exploit their forest resources themselves. In February 1971, the popular Quebec pulp and paper company announced that the town of Cabano had been selected for the establishment of a popular cardboard factory.[3]

A few words on the October 1970 Manifesto

The Manifesto portrays very real issues. It appeals to both anger, hope and empowerment (regaining power). In addition, Francis Dupuis-Dér mentions in an article entitled: Track for a history of anarchism in Quebec[4]that the October 1970 Manifesto borrows an anarchist tone, with evocations of a revolution without a leader (s) leading to self-management practices:
" Workers of Quebec, start today to take back what belongs to you; take what is yours yourselves. You alone know your factories, your machines, your hotels, your universities, your unions; do not wait for a miracle organization.[...]Make your own revolution in your neighborhoods, in your workplaces.[...]We want to replace this society of slaves with the whole population by a free society, functioning by itself and for itself, a society open to the world. " (Fournier, p.310)

A speech that appears today a thousand miles from the disembodied technocrats of the sovereignist movement.

Read also:[History of the FLQ]The Front cell in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean

read also:50 years ago ... "the crisis" of October

[1]Since the spring of 1970, there have been 824 attacks against trucks and post office installations and 42 wounded scabs / strikebreakers (Fournier, p.279).

[2]The population revolts against the D'Auteuil Lumber, Le Soleil.

[3]Anger Rumbles, Le Soleil, 1971.

[4]Tracks for a history of anarchism in Quebec, Bulletin of political history, volume 16, number 2, pp. 265-285.

by Collectif Emma Goldman

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