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>> This Portuguese prison is one of the few remaining relics of Europe's longest running dictatorship. The towering forts helds thousands of political prisoners during Antonio Salazar brutal 48 year rule. Now, some of the last survival victims say protocol is forgetting this part of history. And worry their legacy might die with them.
Domingos Abrantes spent nearly a decade locked up in this cramped cell.>>
> The punishments were a la carte. Deprivation of recreation time and visits, banning of newspapers and books, solitary confinement and beatings.>> Domingos says previous governments have intentionally erased symbols of the fascist past. Many of the buildings used in Salazar have been taken over by private developers.
Like the secret police headquarters in the heart of the capital. After the dictatorship fell in 1974, the building was abandoned abandoned, and later transforming to the luxury flats we see here today. A move that angered activists, who claim Portuguese leaders made no effort to honor those who fought against the regime.
But after 44 years, there are signs of change. Portugal's Communist Party, each played a big part in bringing down Salazar. Is using his 15 seats in parliament to raise awareness about what happened. The prison will reopen as a museum next spring after campaigners blocked plans for a hotel on the site.
Living there today, Domingo still remembers hugging his wife when he was first freed. He wants the museum to explain what the regime was and who fought against it to remind people of the dangers of an oppressive and authoritarian government.