Militão Ribeiro

Militão Ribeiro

Militão Bessa Ribeiro was a Portuguese politician, member of the Portuguese Communist Party, during the illegality, that struggled against the fascist regime of Estado Novo.

After the death of the former General Secretary of the Party, Bento Gonçalves, in the concentration camp of Tarrafal, in Cape Verde, Militão Ribeiro initiated, along with Álvaro Cunhal and Júlio Fogaça, a major reorganization of the Party, in the early 1940s. Such reorganization, based on the Leninist principles, transformed the Party in the major reference of the resistance against the regime.

In 1949, Ribeiro was arrested by the political police, the PIDE, and imprisoned in the penitentiary of Lisbon. Ribeiro would die shortly after, victim of his own hunger strike. Before dying, he managed to send a letter to some Party comrades, written with his own blood.

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