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Partido dos Trabalhadores

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[Flag of 
the Workers Party (Brazil)] image by Carlos Noronha and Jorge Candeias

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About the Flag

According to Carlos Noronha, the flag of the party is red with a white 5-pointed star centered and the red initials PT superimposed on the star.
Jorge Candeias, 9 May 1999

In the web site of the party is a little on-line shop with flags available. The sizes are 0.70 m x 1.0 m and 1.4 m x 2.0 m [i.e., the ratio is 7:10]. But many flags are home made, so wide variation is possible.
Marcelo Rodrigo Pereira, 15 October 2001

The PT party statute, unlike those of many other Brazilian parties, does not define the design of the flag, only the star and letters logo.
Joseph McMillan, 5 November 2002

[Flag of image by Jorge Candeias, 22 April 2005

I came across one final relevant item at http://www.lula.org.br/avida/familia.asp. The page, in Portuguese, is a biography of Marisa Letícia Lula da Silva, the wife of the Brazilian president. The first photo on that page shows a flag, and the caption reads as follows (my translation):
"The first flag of the PT, made by Marisa, was kept by Mr. Antônio Eustáquio da Silva, who militated with her in the Jardim Lavínia nucleous."

In the text there's the following sentence:
"[...] It was also Marisa who cut and sew the first flag of the PT - made in her home, of course - when the party was founded in February 1980."

The flag is red with a big white star, centered, and the name of the party along the hoist in capital letters.
Jorge Candeias, 22 April 2005


Campaign 2002

Pro-Lula Coalition

Lula da Silva Campaign Flag 2002 (Brazil) image by Joseph McMillan

At the BBC website you can find several flags of supporters of the left-wing presidential candidate (and probable future president [subsequently elected-ed.]) of Brazil, Mr. Luíz Inácio "Lula" da Silva. However, the image of Lula's Worker's Party [top of page] is completely different. Any comment?
Jan Zrzavy, 8 October 2002

A white flag with three colored stripes, a big star with a number 13 inside it but off-centered (and I don't remember in what color), in versions with and without additional writings, was profusely used during Lula's campaign as an advertising flag for his ticket. Brazil uses a system of electronic balloting, where each party is attributed a number and then voters punch the number of their preferred candidate into a special machine. The PT's number is 13. [The photo on which this image is based does not show the number on the star.--Ed.]
Jorge Candeias, 3 November 2002


PT Flag with National Colors

Lula da Silva Campaign Flag 2002 (Brazil) image by Ivan Sache

I have found another variant of the PT flag. The cover of the daily free newspaper 20 Minutes, number 155 (29 October 2002) is dedicated to the results of the Brazilian presidential election. A color picture from Agence France Press shows a young PT supporter waving a flag bigger than himself. The flag is the "classical" PT flag (red with the white star and PT in white inside the star), but with three thin horizontal green-yellow-blue stripes added. I believe that the addition of the Brazilian colors to the traditional PT flag might be related to Lula's new image, less leftist and more "Brazilian" than in the past. From the AFP picture, it seems that the star is larger than on the classicial flag and skewed to the top of theflag.
Ivan Sache, 2 November 2002

I believe the stripes in the flag Ivan described might indicate that it was a flag produced especially for this election, given the similarities with Lula's supporter flags. So, Ivan's interpretation of them is probably correct but incomplete, in the sense that it might not be a new image for the party, but a transient one.
Jorge Candeias, 3 November 2002


PT Flags in Rio Grande do Sul

Red Variant

PT-Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) image by Carlos Noronha and Jorge Candeias

Yellow Variant

PT-Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) image by Carlos Noronha and Jorge Candeias

Some variations of the basic PT pattern are in use. A photo found by Dov Gutterman some months ago shows three of them: the same but with a yellow star and black initials, and another like it but with the star and the field in inverted colors (that is, yellow field and red star).
Jorge Candeias, 9 May 1999

The red flag with black PT on yellow star can be seen in the photo at www.pt-rs.org.br. Another photo with a variant (yellow flag on black PT on red star) can be seen at www.terravista.pt/PortoSanto/2771/comicio.jpg.
Dov Gutterman, 7 March 1999

The red flags with yellow stars and black letters are from the state of Rio Grande do Sul, and the yellow-red-black also. I don't know why.
Marcelo Rodrigo Pereira, 15 October 2001


State Colors Pattern

Variant Flag of PT (Brazil) image by Joseph McMillan

A green-red-yellow vertical tricolor with the PT star in the center, reported by Marcelo Rodrigo Pereira. Another one I would guess as being distinct to Rio Grande do Sul because of its similarity to the state flag.
Joseph McMillan, 22 October 2002


Other Variants

Reversed Colors

Variant Flag of PT (Brazil) image by Joseph McMillan


Flag for Female Party Secretaries

Women's Flag of Brazilian Workers Party (PT) image by Joseph McMillan

There also exists a lilac flag with white star and lilac letters, having to do with women secretaries. This flag is also sold in the party's on-line shop.
Marcelo Rodrigo Pereira, 15 October 2001


Five-Star Version

Variant Flag of Brazilian Workers Party (PT) image by Joseph McMillan


National Color Diagonal Stripes

Variant Flag of Brazilian Workers Party (PT) image by Joseph McMillan

Other Color Combinations

I have some more variations on the standard PT flag from photographs of rallies in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. They were called to my attention by Marcelo Rodrigo Pereira last year. They are from the Porto Alegre PT party website (caution!--huge files and extremely long download time).
Joseph McMillan, 10 November 2002

Blue with White Star

Variant Flag of Brazilian Workers Party (PT) image by Carlos Noronha, Jorge Candeias, and Joseph McMillan

Green with Yellow Star

Variant Flag of Brazilian Workers Party (PT) image by Carlos Noronha, Jorge Candeias, and Joseph McMillan

Lilac with Yellow Star

Variant Flag of Brazilian Workers Party (PT) image by Carlos Noronha, Jorge Candeias, and Joseph McMillan

Blue with Yellow Star

Variant Flag of Brazilian Workers Party (PT) image by Joseph McMillan


Scribbled Star Flag

Variant Flag of the PT (Brazil) image by Joseph McMillan

A strange version from the photograph at www.terravista.pt/PortoSanto/2771/comicio.jpg: red with red initials over a white irregular shape.
Jorge Candeias, 9 May 1999

That is a star also. I think this flag is home-made or only for that election.
Marcelo Rodrigo Pereira, 15 October 2001


About the PT

The first independent labor party established in Brazil, the PT is a trade union-based grass-roots party embracing factions running from Trotskyite to democratic socialist.
Joseph McMillan, 16 April 2001

Editor's Note: Luíz Inácio "Lula" da Silva was elected President of Brazil in October 2002 with more than 60% of the vote in the runoff presidential election. The PT also became the largest party in Congress with 91 deputies elected.


Campaign flags: Olívio Dutra

Variant Flag of the PT (Brazil) image by Jorge Candeias, 23 April 2005

Variant Flag of the PT (Brazil) image by Jorge Candeias, 23 April 2005

There are also at least three different designs of flags specific to the Olívio Dutra's campaign in Rio Grande do Sul:
- A red flag with OLÍVIO in white, except for the V, which is replaced by a yellow checkmark, and a yellow "PT" star below this V, charged with the number 13, in red, all tilted to occupy as much of the flag as possible without leaving empty areas. Although I don't know the specifics of the Brazilian electoral system, the number 13 is, I believe, Olívio's electoral number.
- A flag with identical design but altered colors: yellow with black letters, red checkmark and star and yellow number.
- Another yellow flag that is only partially visible but seems to have the same color combination as above but no star and a small number 40, in red, below OLÍVIO, which is here horizontal (see this image). I have no idea about what the 40 stands for.