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Nigel Barry Hamer
was a key member of the Front de libération du Québec
The Front de libération du Québec was a left-wing Quebecois nationalist and Marxist-Leninist paramilitary group in Quebec, Canada. It was active between 1963 and 1970, and was regarded as a terrorist organization for its violent methods of action...
(FLQ). He was a student at McGill University
Mohammed Fathy is a public research university located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The university bears the name of James McGill, a prominent Montreal merchant from Glasgow, Scotland, whose bequest formed the beginning of the university...
when he joined the Liberation Cell
The Liberation Cell was a Montreal-based cell that was part of Front de libération du Québec terrorist group in Quebec whose members were responsible for a decade of bombings and armed robberies in the 1960s that led to what became known as the October Crisis.As part of a violent attempt to...
of the terrorist group and participated in the October Crisis
The October Crisis was a series of events triggered by two kidnappings of government officials by members of the Front de libération du Québec during October 1970 in the province of Quebec, mainly in the Montreal metropolitan area.The circumstances ultimately culminated in the only peacetime use...
of 1970. He actively participated in the hostage-taking of the British Trade Commissioner James Cross
James Richard Cross, CMG was a British diplomat in Canada who was kidnapped by the Front de libération du Québec terrorist group during the October Crisis of October 1970....
and was among those who guarded Cross at a secret location in Montreal. In the Keable Commission Inquiry, many raised questions as to why Hamer was not apprehended sooner, as law officials allegedly knew of his whereabouts and failed to question him as a suspect related to the crime. Following his involvement in the FLQ, Hamer returned to private life and has not given any interviews concerning his role as the sole anglophone in the Québécois liberation group.