Guilherme Boulos

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Guilherme Boulos
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Personal details
Born Guilherme Castro Boulos
(1982-06-19) June 19, 1982 (age 36)
São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Political party PSOL (since 2018)
Occupation Militant, professor and writer
Known for Homeless Workers' Movement

Guilherme Castro Boulos (born 19 June 1982[1]) is a Brazilian politician, militant[2][3][4] and writer. He is a member of the National Coordination of Homeless Workers' Movement (MTST) and is also recognized as one of the main far-left leaders in Brazil.[5][6] He was the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) candidate for the presidency of Brazil in the 2018 general election.[7] He joined the far-left PSOL party in 2018.[8]


Guilherme Boulos is the son of Marcos Boulos, professor of Medicine at the University of São Paulo (USP). He graduated in philosophy in 2006 and received a master's degree in mental health in 2017, both from the University of São Paulo. In his youth and formative years he engaged in the Union of Communist Youth[9][10]. He also joined the Homeless Workers' Movement in 2002.[11]

He became famous in 2003 when he participated in the coordination of the invasion of a Volkswagen's ground in São Bernardo do Campo.[12] He appeared again in the press in 2014, in the wake of the social mobilizations around the World Cup, especially the invasion called Occupation People's Cup (Portuguese: Ocupação Copa do Povo), organized by the MTST in early May[13].


Boulos has been arrested several times, being accused of civil disobedience, inciting violence and of attacking the police with fireworks.[14][15][16]. Boulos was arrested on charges of committing judicial disobedience and incitement to violence during the repossession lawsuit of a land in the district of São Mateus[17].


  • Boulos, Guilherme (2015). De que lado você está? Reflexões sobre a conjuntura política e urbana no Brasil (in Portuguese). São Paulo: Boitempo. ISBN 978-85-7559-440-7.
  • Boulos, Guilherme (2014). Por que ocupamos? Uma introdução à luta dos Sem-Teto (in Portuguese). São Paulo: Autonomia Literária. ISBN 9788569536017.
  • Boulos, Guilherme (2014). "O que quer o MTST". Brasil em jogo: o que fica da Copa e das Olimpíadas (in Portuguese). São Paulo: Boitempo. ISBN 978-85-7559-384-4.

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  1. ^ "Divulgação de Candidaturas e Contas Eleitorais". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  2. ^ "PSOL lança Guilherme Boulos como pré-candidato à presidência". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  3. ^ "Guilherme Boulos (PSOL) vem ao Recife na próxima quarta-feira". Folha - PE (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  4. ^ Cícero da Silva, José (2018-01-01). "A militância de Guilherme Boulos à frente do MTST". Jorna GGN. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  5. ^ Robinson, Andy (January 5, 2016). "A Conversation With Guilherme Boulos, Leader of Brazil's Homeless Workers' Movement". Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  6. ^ Dip, Andréa (February 24, 2017). "O Psicanalista das Massas" (in Portuguese). Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  7. ^ "PSOL articula Boulos para Presidência" (in Portuguese). October 18, 2017. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  8. ^ Bezerra, Mirthyani (5 March 2018). "Líderes do PSOL veem aproximação com PT, mas negam "aval" de Lula a Boulos" (in Portuguese). Uol. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  9. ^ "PSOL confirma Guilherme Boulos como candidato à Presidência". Valor Econômico (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  10. ^ Cícero da Silva, José (2018-01-01). "A militância de Guilherme Boulos à frente do MTST". Jornal GGN. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  11. ^ Ferraz, Adriana (June 16, 2014). "Perfil: Guilherme Boulos, coordenador nacional do MTST" (in Portuguese). Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  12. ^ "Filósofo, líder dos sem-teto saiu de casa para ser militante" (in Portuguese). Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  13. ^ "Governo vai subsidiar 2.000 moradias na invasão Copa do Povo, diz sem-teto". Folha de S.Paulo. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  14. ^ "Coordenador do MTST, Guilherme Boulos é preso pela PM em reintegração em SP - Notícias - Cotidiano". Cotidiano (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  15. ^ "Guilherme Boulos, líder do MTST, é preso em São Paulo | EXAME". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  16. ^ hg-mk, teleSUR /. "Brazil Social Movement Leader Arrested for Resisting Eviction". Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  17. ^ "Guilherme Boulos, líder do MTST, é preso em São Paulo | EXAME". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-10-08.

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Preceded by
Luciana Genro
PSOL nominee for President of Brazil
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