Paulo de Mello Bastos Biography, Age, Height, Wife, Net Worth and Family

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Paulo de Mello Bastos was born on 25 May, 1918 in São José da Laje, Alagoas. Discover Paulo de Mello Bastos’s Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 101 years old?

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Age 101 years old
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Born 25 May 1918
Birthday 25 May
Birthplace São José da Laje, Alagoas
Date of death (2019-05-30)
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Who Is Paulo de Mello Bastos’s Wife?

His wife is Edelena Albernaz de Mello Bastos

Parents Sebastião Marques de Mello Bastos (father)Honorinha Portela Bastos (mother)
Wife Edelena Albernaz de Mello Bastos
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Children João W. NerySolange BastosTânia BastosFlávia Cavalcanti

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Paulo de Mello Bastos died on May 30, 2019, and was cremated at Carmo Memorial [pt].

On October 23, 2003, he was restored the Santos-Dumont Merit Medal. In March 2006 Paulo de Mello testified at the Amnesty Commission [pt] and in September of the same year published the book “A Caixa-Preta do Golpe de 64” (The Black-Box from the 1964 Coup d’état). In July 2011 he was involved in honoring the centennial of Brigadier Francisco Teixeira, who in 1948 launched The oil is ours only [pt] campaign. In 2014 he was one of the CGT representatives still alive who signed a document sent to the Ministry of Labor that requested a survey of interventions in trade union centrals between 1946 and 1988. In 2018 he was honored by the Torture Never Again Group, receiving the Chico Mendes Medal of Resistance [pt].

From 1991 on, he had a hard time to get his amnesty retirement, which was only solved after an injunction from the Federal Court. In this period, during the government of Leonel Brizola in Rio de Janeiro, he accepted to be the director of the State Foundation for Education of the Minor, at the Santos Dumont School, where he tried to remove the repressive methods and give education to orphaned, street or delinquent girls. In 1998 he began his writing career, with his first book, “Salvo Conduto” (Safe Conduct), published by Garamond, describing his career as a union leader and on the same occasion received the “Destaque Aeronauta” award, from the National Union of Aeronauts. In August 1999 he released the book “Nos Bastidores da Anistia” (Behind the Scenes of Amnesty).

Paulo de Mello only received the safe conduct from Itamaraty in 1966 and returned to the country in October 1967. In the same month that he returned to the country, he was arrested by DOPS for questioning, and released soon after. In 1968 he started working for the newspaper “Correio da Manhã”, which had become part of the opposition to the military dictatorship. During the 1970s he worked on international denunciations against the crimes of the military dictatorship, sending documents abroad, and was also one of the articulators of the Amnesty law [pt].

Officially he was declared dead and his wife received a widow’s pension. In Uruguay he tried to get a job at PLUNA, but was barred due to pressure from the Brazilian government against political exiles and in the country also worked in the wine trade. In 1965 he was one of the 83 people who had to return the Santos-Dumont Merit Medal by order of President Castelo Branco and in the same year was the target of an investigation that pointed him out as a member of a “counter-revolution” articulated by Leonel Brizola.

In January 1964 Paulo de Mello Bastos spoke to the Diário de Pernambuco about what he expected from the eventual presidential elections [pt], with the possibility of the Brazilian left running with Miguel Arraes or Leonel Brizola. However, with the indirect elections of 1964, the 1965 elections were cancelled.

In the events of March 31, 1964, Paulo de Mello Bastos managed to escape from prison when troops invaded the building where he was meeting with a group of union members. In the course of the 1964 Brazilian coup d’état, he had his political rights suspended by AI-1 [pt] until the Amnesty Law in August 28, 1979; lost his aviator’s license; although he held a union leadership position at the time, he was fired from Varig; fired from Brazilian Air Force on September 24, 1964; and came to seek political asylum at the Uruguayan Embassy [pt] on April 12, 1964. However, he only managed to leave the country on June 19 in a Uruguayan Air Force plane, going to Montevideo, after receiving his safe conduct to leave the country.

Rede Brasil Atual [pt] described that Paulo de Mello never accepted the dictatorship implanted in 1964. By dictatorship decree, he could not return to being a pilot and worked as a taxi-driver in Rio de Janeiro. Was amnestied by the Air Force in February 1980 and in 1981 tried to return to his job at Varig through the Amnesty Law. But in practice, Amnesty had only returned his political rights. Before the end of the dictatorship he was one of the organizers of the Centro Brasil Democrático, linked to the PCB [pt].

In a note, Varig reported that the dismissal would have occurred due to the captain’s “serious fault”, which would justify the end of the contract and later declared that only the Judiciary could decide on the case. Commander Paulo de Mello had denounced on May 12, 1963, as part of the TV Tupi program “Sem Retoque”, the financial misuse in commercial aviation, criticized the results of the CPI [pt] on air accidents and blamed Varig for the air accidents that happened at the time.

He was finally rehired by Varig, after the president’s appeal, on June 7, but had his salary suspended and the right to fly until the decision of the Labor Court [pt]. His reinstatement was considered by the Unity and Action Pact [pt], according to the Diário Carioca, to represent “the guarantee of the rights of all union leadership in the country.” With the reinstatement, Varig’s president, Ruben Berta, stepped down from his position. In July 1963 he received Cr$ 437,127 in unpaid wages, but refused the proposal to terminate his contract with the company and receive compensation of approximately Cr$ 7 million, which he considered offensive to him. He was barred by the company from resuming his position as an Aircraft Commander.

In August 1963 he took part in demonstrations to pressure the government to create Aerobrás. In September he was one of the articulators after the sergeants’ revolt [pt] and in October he was one of the union leaders who sought to defend João Goulart’s mandate after the call for a state of siege.

In February an indictment was filed under the National Security Law that involved his name alongside other leaders for having launched a manifesto preceding the October 15, 1962 general strike. In the same period he was involved in the organization of a support coalition so that the government would be able to approve the base reforms. On March 27, 1964, he was one of the leaders involved in resolving the Sailors’ revolt.

In July 1961 he was one of the union leaders who greeted cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on his visit to Brazil. In the same year he was the pilot responsible for bringing the then Vice-president João Goulart to Brazil within the context of the Legality Campaign, which led him to take on a risky, low-altitude style of flying during the journey due to rumors that members of the Brazilian Air Force would shoot him down in accordance with Operation Mosquito [pt]. In the same period he chaired a delegation of trade unionists that visited the Soviet Union. In 1962 he was one of the leaders of the General Workers Command [pt] and politically supported the Base Reforms [pt], but he was not a communist. In November of the same year he represented the pilot class in an inquiry into the crash of a VASP airplane, which collided with a tourist plane, resulting in 26 deaths. During his time at Varig, he also turned down several promotion proposals, which were aimed, according to Bastos, at controlling his union activities.

In 1956 he was a member of the commission that held the commemorations of the fiftieth anniversary of Alberto Santos Dumont’s flight in the 14-bis. In March 1957 he advocated, with the pilots’ category, the reduction from 12 to 10 daily working hours, as a way to avoid fatigue. In May of the same year he was one of the union leaders that addressed a letter to the Ministry of Aeronautics in defense of airline safety, after thirteen accidents occurred in a 20-day period. On May 31 he was elected president of the governing board of the National Union of Aeronauts, which was in power until the election of the board. At the same meeting it was decided to merge the National Union of Air Transport Pilots with the National Union of Aeronauts. In 1959, already a Varig airline captain, Paulo de Mello Bastos defended the creation of Aerobrás.

In 1954 he joined Varig. The following year he petitioned the Supreme Federal Court for habeas corpus for former minister Epaminondas Gomes dos Santos [pt], who was being charged with a crime of defamation, claiming that the crime was not military in nature, and was refused on May 6, 1955, for not being the correct person to make the request. On November 12 of the same year, when already secretary of the National Union of Aeronauts [pt], he was one of the signers of the manifest in favor of a constitutional government after the November 11 counter-coup carried out by Marshal Teixeira Lott against the government of Carlos Luz. In December 1955 he even submitted his resignation from his position as President of the Pilots’ Union, but was turned down for lack of the legal number present for consideration.

In February 1952 he had his name proposed as part of the re-election of the Military Club’s [pt] board of directors. The following year he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonell and transferred to the paid reserve.

On 12 January 1943 he was promoted by to the rank of First Lieutenant. In this period, already during World War II, he participated in the creation of the Aeronautics Club, a place where officers would hold political discussions, leisure, and culture. He fought in Europe during World War II against Nazism, and was decorated for his service. In 1945 he was promoted to the rank of Air Captain due to his time in service. In 1946 he applied for discharge from military service to work in the civilian sector. However, his application was only filed in 1954.

He married teacher Edelena Albernaz de Mello Bastos on January 23, 1943. He fathered João W. Nery, Solange Bastos [pt], Flávia Cavalcanti and Tania de Mello Bastos. He was a cousin-brother of Luiz Portela de Carvalho, mayor of Palmares. In his career as an aviator he has accumulated more than 16,000 flight hours.

On April 6, 1940, Paulo de Mello received his naval aviator pilot’s license, graduating as the first in his class. In the same year he tried to volunteer for the Royal Air Force to fight against Germany during WWII, but it was not possible because Brazil had not yet entered the war at that time. In 1941 he was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. In 1942 he was a pilot for the National Air Mail [pt], flying the Tocantins route between January 13 and 27 and between Rio-Natal between June 24 and June 26. In March of the same year he was transferred to the Aeronautics School. In April he had been assigned as an instructor at the School of Aeronautics.

In the 1940s he was part of a committee that sought to inspire Getúlio Vargas to run for president in 1950 and to establish Petrobras, a company whose creation he had been defending for some years as a member of the nationalist side of the Armed Forces. In 1950 he was promoted to the rank of Major by “merit principle”. In the same year he worked at the Directorate of Education of the Air Force. In December 1951 he received a bronze medal for more than ten years of active service.

In 1938 he was among those enrolled in the Administration Course for Naval Air Reserve officers by decision of the Navy Minister.

On May 21 he was chosen as vice-president of the CGT and in the next day he was elected as secretary of the General Workers Command. On the 25th, despite having union immunity, he was illegally fired from Varig, something that worried then president João Goulart, who tried to intercede on behalf of Paulo de Mello, and the fact that he was not reinstated, started a general strike with road workers, airline workers, oil tankers, among others, which became known as the “Mello Bastos strike”, an act that the newspaper “Novos Rumos” considered unprecedented within the union movement in Brazil until then and which was reported internationally, such as in the Colombian newspaper “El Tiempo” and in the Costa Rican La Nación.

Paulo de Mello Bastos (São José da Laje, May 25, 1918 — May 30, 2019) was a former leader of the National Union of Aeronauts [pt], a former leader of the General Workers Command [pt] and a former Varig pilot whose resignation in 1963 inspired a general strike in the country.

Paulo de Mello Bastos was born at the Engenho do Roçadinho, in São José da Laje, on May 25, 1918, son of Sebastião Marques de Mello Bastos, founder and former mayor of Panelas and Honorinha Portela Bastos.

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