On our last day in Lisbon, Mércia and I were on the subway and noticed the following ad, donated by the Lisbon Metro system as part of their social responsibility program:
The first set of photos shows the prison photo of Carlos Coutinho, an opponent of the dictatorship in Portugal and a vigorous opponent of Portugals's brutal and wasteful wars in Africa in the 1960's and '70's. The caption on the first set of photos says ""These photos exist courtesy of organizations such as PIDE," the secret police of the brutal 61 year Portuguese dictatorship. PIDE's cruelty was so brutal, residents would often hear the screams of victims being tortured as PIDE's headquarters were in the heart of the densely populated Chiado district.
The second set of photos shows Coutinho in a recent photo with the "These [photos] courtesy of organizations such as Amnesty International. Saturday was Amnesty International's 50th Anniversary and it is especially appropriate that it be recognized in Portugal. Peter Benenson, the founder of AI was inspired to develop the organization when he read about two Portuguese students arrested for making a toast to liberty.
Let us all drink a toast to liberty and toast the day when there are no organizations such as PIDE and no need for organizations such as Amnesty International.