União Democrática Ruralista

União Democrática Ruralista (UDR), known as Democratic Association of Ruralists in English is a Brazilian right-wing association of farmers and activists from the southeast and center west who are opposed to land reform.[1][2] Through its members in the Brazilian Congress, the UDR endorses landowner interests and opposes proposals in favour of an agrarian reform process.[3]

União Democrática Ruralista opposes land reform and expropriation under its former leader, Luiz Antonio Nabhan Garcia, a Brazilian farmer who went on to have a role in the Bolsonaro government.[1][4] The organization was founded in 1985, following many expropriations of land in Brazil[4] and remains active under its Brasília based leadership. With tens of thousands of associates in all Brazilian states, UDR policy is to defend individual interests and private property.


  1. ^ a b Cowie, Sam (3 January 2019). "In Bolsonaro's Brazil, indigenous groups fear more violence". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  2. ^ Petras, James; Veltmeyer, Henry (9 August 2017). The Class Struggle in Latin America: Making History Today. Routledge. p. 107. ISBN 978-1-351-76310-3. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  3. ^ Groppo, Paolo. "Agrarian reform and land settlement policy in Brazil: Historical background". Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  4. ^ a b "History" (in Portuguese).