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Movement of Landless Rural Workers(Brazil)

Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais sem Terra (MST)

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[MST-Movement of Landless Rural Workers]by Guillermo Tell Aveledo See also:

About the Flag

From the website of the Movement of Landless Rural Workers, a Brazilian movement that has been occupying non-productive lands belonging to big landowners for several years now:
During the IV National Meeting of the MST, held in January 1987 in Piracicaba, São Paulo, the selection and official approval of the flag of the Movement of Landless Rural Workers took place. The flag is a symbol of the national character of the fight for agrarian reform. Let's see the significance of the drawings and colours that compose our flag:
So I'd say it's definitely a left-wing movement. It also must be explained that in some areas of Brazil the latifundia are on average larger than several European countries, and I'm not referring to Liechtenstein or Monaco!
Jorge Candeias, 27 August 1999

The flag is a 2:3 red field with the symbol of the MST centered. Along with the symbol, the flag bears the colors red (predominantly), white, black and green. The emblem of the movement is a white circle bordered in black. Inscribed inside it, along the circumference, the words Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra - Brasil. Inside the circle we see the figure of a green Brazilian map, and, within it, the figures of a man and a woman from the waist up, the man holding up a machete in his right hand, and the woman wearing a red shirt.
Guillermo Tell Aveledo, 18 August 2000

Not really a party in the proper sense of the word, but a major left-wing political presence.
Joseph McMillan, 16 April 2001