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Abílio Augusto Belchior

Abílio Augusto Belchior

(Urros, Moncorvo, 01-01-1898 – Tarrafal, Santiago Island, Cape Verde, 29-10-1937)

Abílio Augusto Belchior, son of Maria Joaquina and Manuel dos Santos Belchior, was born in Urros, Municipality of Moncorvo, on 1 January 1898, and lived in Porto, where he was a marble worker. He was arrested in this city on 2 January 1932, “for being a member of the General Confederation of Labour”, being released about a month later.

He was arrested again on 14 April 1932, accused of having participated, with Francisco Alberto, in the attack against the Deputy of the Political Police of Porto, Francisco do Passo. By resolution of the Director-General for Public Security and with the agreement of the Minister of the Interior, his residence was fixed on the Terceira Island, in the Azores.

On 16 July 1932, he went from Porto to the Penitentiary of Lisbon. He returned to Porto in July 1933 to be tried by the Special Military Court, which only took place on 23 June 1934, being sentenced to fourteen years of exile and imprisonment, and a fine of 20,000$00. Abílio Belchior was transferred to the Prison of Aljube, in Lisbon, on 19 March 1935, and, four days later, he embarked on the steamship Carvalho Araújo for the Fortress of Angra do Heroísmo, in the Azores.

On 23 October 1936, he was part of the first group of political prisoners to go to the Tarrafal Concentration Camp, in Cape Verde, where he died on 29 October 1937, at the age of 39.

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