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António de Jesus Paulo and the fight for the 8 hours of work in the fields of Alentejo – Ribeira do Sado, Alcácer do Sal

In 1962, when he was 37 years old, he was one of the organisers of the fight for the 8 hours of work in the fields of Alentejo, in the Alcácer do Sal region. Following his plan, women and men decided to work eight hours against the will of their employers and the authorities. They won the fight, but in July 1965, after leaving his eldest daughter on a bus that would take her to Lisbon where she served, António Paulo was arrested by the PIDE. He was then brought to Lisbon, to the headquarters of the PIDE, to António Maria Cardoso, where he was questioned and subjected to sleep torture. He remained incarcerated until September 1966. António Paulo leaves us his testimony.


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