Free Brazil Movement

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Free Brazil Movement
Movimento Brasil Livre logo.svg
FormationNovember 1, 2014
HeadquartersSão Paulo, Brazil
Key people
Kim Kataguiri[1]
Renan Santos[2]

Free Brazil Movement (MBL, Portuguese: Movimento Brasil Livre) is a Brazilian conservative[3] and economically liberal[4] movement founded in 2014. Initially a ramification of the Brazilian branch of Students for Liberty, it grew boarding the political dissatisfaction after the 2013 protests in Brazil, receiving funding from external (e.g.: Atlas Network)[5] and internal (e.g.: Democratas, PSDB, PMDB) sources.[6] Its leader is the activist[7] and lawmaker Kim Kataguiri.[8]

According to the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo, the MBL was mainly responsible for the convening of the demonstrations of 15 March and 12 April in 2015 against the social governmental establishment of Dilma Rousseff and the Workers' Party.[9] The group's headquarters are located in São Paulo, and according to The Economist, was "founded last year to promote the answers of the free market for the country's problems"[10] In manifesto published on the internet, the MBL, often described as the "Brazilian Tea Party",[11] cites its five goals, "free and independent press, economic freedom, separation of powers, free and reputable elections, and the end of direct and indirect subsidies to dictatorships".[12]

The movement also voices strong opposition to social liberal ideas such as women's rights to abortion, and gender-equality efforts. It has been described therefore as "liberal towards economics and conservative towards habits" (sic).[13]

Many of the movement's pages were removed from Facebook in August 2018, before the 2018 elections, under the justification that they were being used to promote fake news.[14]


  1. ^ Pieter Zalis e Eduardo Gonçalves (11 March 2015). "Quais são e como pensam os movimentos que vão para a rua contra Dilma no domingo". Veja. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  2. ^ Marcelo Gonzato (13 March 2015). "Quais são e como pensam os movimentos que vão para a rua contra Dilma no domingo". Veja. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Em fórum, MBL mira ampliação de bancada conservadora suprapartidária". Folha de São Paulo. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  4. ^ Phillips, Dom (2017-07-26). "Brazil's right on the rise as anger grows over scandal and corruption". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  5. ^ "Ultraliberalismo no Brasil e suas conexões com organizações Norte Americanas". Instituo Marieta. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Maquina de partidos foi utilizada em atos pro impeachment, diz líder do MBL". Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  7. ^ Thiago Ney (12 March 2015). "Roqueiro e ativista na web, líder anti-Dilma defende privatizar saúde e educação". iG São Paulo. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  8. ^ The Associated Press (30 March 2015). "Teen Libertarian Is Face of Brazil's Young Free-Market Right". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  9. ^ Marcelo Gonzatto (14 March 2015). "Quem são os articuladores nacionais do protesto contra Dilma". Zero Hora. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Niche no Longer". The Economist. 2015-02-26. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Tea Party à brasileira". Piauí. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  12. ^ "No que acreditamos". Movimento Brasil Livre. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  13. ^ "De liberais anticorrupção a guardiães da moral: a metamorfose do MBL" (in Portuguese). El País Brasil. 2017-10-02. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  14. ^ Haynes, Brad. "Facebook removes pages of Brazil activist network before elections". Reuters. Retrieved 8 October 2018.

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