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Contemporary Separatist Movements (Brazil)

Last modified: 2003-04-12 by joe mcmillan
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Movement for the Independence of the Pampas (Pampas Republic)

Movimento pela Independência do Pampa

Pampas Republic Flagby Joseph McMillan

There's a neo-Nazi-like movement which wishes to separate Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul from Brazil, unite them to Uruguay and form a "Pampas Republic." They have a flag, based on a German Nazi flag.
Pedro Aguiar, 16 April 1997

In Flags of Aspirant Peoples is an entry for "Republic of the Pampas (separatist movement) - South Brazil," a black Scandinavian cross with a yellow fimbriation on a red field. Blue disc centered over the cross with yellow fimbriation, including a constellation of 13 stars. 
Ivan Sache, 18 September 1999

We are trying to separate the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina, and Rio Grande do Sul from the rest of Brazil. We are trying to form the Pampas Republic. The website is
Andrey Gadomski, 4 November 2000

According to its website, the Movement for the Independence of the Pampa (Movimento pela Independência do Pampa) is led by a gentleman named Irton Marx, who seems to be a repeatedly unsuccessful candidate for state and federal office from Rio Grande do Sul. The group believes that the United States is controlling Brazil, citing as evidence the resemblance between many Brazilian state and municipal flags and the Stars and Stripes and Union Jack. It holds that AIDS is a plot by the United States. Domestically, the MIP believes that Rio Grande do Sul's resources are being drained away by the federal government for the benefit of other regions of the country, and that "conservatism is the Brazilian cancer." It also argues that the culture of Brazil's three southernmost states (Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, and Paraná) is more related to the "Platine-Hispanic" cultures of Uruguay and Argentina than to that of the rest of Brazil.
Joseph McMillan, 29 June 2002