#Inthisday July 26, 1943 begins the strike movement that in Lisbon, Almada, Barreiro, Seixal, Amora and other parts of the country will cover, according to the PCP, its organizer, about 50 thousand workers. The main demands have to do with wage increases, greater amounts of essentials, “Peace, bread, freedom and work”. The government threatens to fire strikers who do not want to go back to work, violent clashes with police forces occur, some factories are closed and many arrests are made.
Image: News from Avante! on the strike movement of July 1943 at CUF, Barreiro © GES-PCP
Side Image: GNR squadron demonstrating strength on Barreiro beach © Augusto Cabrita – Photograph included in the work “Augusto Cabrita – On the other shore O Barreiro Years 40-60”, ed. CUF, SGPS,SA, José de Mello Group, Lisbon, 1999, pg. 147