by Gonçalo Amaral, former PJ Inspector
With amazement, I saw the statements of a representative of a couple whose daughter disappeared in the Algarve in May 2007. Standing on her tiptoes, covered by her blond hair, I heard: "We seized seven thousand books!".
Tragic news. To seize is even worse than to receive, conforming to the judicial decision. How does a lawyer agree with the apprehension of books? Didn't this lady said that she was just the trusted depositary and that the activity of seizing books is a thing of the past?
The PIDE (Police of Investigation and Defense of the State [Political Police under the Salazar's Regime]) were the ones that apprehended books, in addition to those that were only censored. At their free will. In the old regime that which was considered illegal was apprehended by those who held the power.
I am proud that during the period (more or less about 26 years), in which I worked for the Judiciary Police, of never having seized one book. Just and only that that was considered illegal under the law, nothing that was a result of a free will; a personal decision away from the tone of legality.
Distorting reality and 'tucking' in the old days, what is left is to see the distinguished representative dancing around the campfire. And it won't be on St.Anthony bonfires, we will be closer to the 'Crystal Night' or to other 'acts of faith' that served so well the obscurantism and intolerance.
in Correio da Manhã
*stamp used by the State Police to censure
* Crystal Night - 'Kristallnacht' - wiki