Marcelo Freixo

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Marcelo Ribeiro Freixo (Brazilian Portuguese: [maʁˈsɛlw ʁjˈbejɾw ˈfɾejʃw]) is a Brazilian politician, broadcaster and professor. He is a federal deputy for the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), and was formerly chairman of the Defence of Human Rights and Citizenship Commission on the Rio de Janeiro Legislative Assembly.[1]

Marcelo Freixo
Dep Marcelo Freixo (PSOL-RJ) (cropped).jpg
Federal Deputy from Rio de Janeiro
Assumed office
1 February 2019
Chamber Minority Leader
Assumed office
24 March 2021
Preceded byJosé Guimarães
State Deputy of Rio de Janeiro
In office
1 January 2007 – 1 January 2019
Personal details
Marcelo Ribeiro Freixo

(1967-04-12) 12 April 1967 (age 54)
Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Political partyPSB (2021–present)
Other political
  • PT (1986–2005)
  • PSOL (2005–2021)
Antonia Pellegrino
(m. 2019)
Alma materFluminense Federal University (BA)

Freixo gained national attention when he presided over a parliamentary inquiry commission on police militias in Rio de Janeiro, having a character inspired on him in the Brazilian film Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, directed by José Padilha.[2][3]

He ran for mayor of Rio de Janeiro twice, in 2012 and 2016, having as vice-mayor candidate on the ticket in 2016 the lawyer and professor at UFRJ Luciana Boiteux. He ended in second in both the run-offs, losing the first to Eduardo Paes from PMDB, and the second to the PRB candidate Marcelo Crivella.[4][5]

On 16 June 2021, Freixo left PSOL for PSB, looking to run for Rio de Janeiro governor in 2022.[6]


  1. ^ Assembleia Legislativa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (2014). "Comissão de Defesa dos Direitos Humanos e Cidadania". Alerj. Retrieved 2014-08-09.
  2. ^ "Freixo o verdadeiro fraga | Superinteressante". Superinteressante. 2011-03-25. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  3. ^ Phillips, Dominic (2012-09-17). "How Elite Squad 2 Took Control of Rio Mayor's Race". Bloomberg View. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  4. ^ "Paes é reeleito prefeito do Rio". Eleições 2012 no Rio de Janeiro (in Portuguese). 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  5. ^ "Resultado das Eleições 2016 - Prefeito - Rio de Janeiro-RJ | Gazeta do Povo". Gazeta do Povo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  6. ^ CartaCapital (2021-06-11). "Freixo anuncia que vai para o PSB e pede apoio de Ciro a Lula". CartaCapital (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2021-06-11.
Chamber of Deputies (Brazil)
Preceded by
José Guimarães
Chamber Minority Leader