IPA Brazil and Brazilian Freemasonry

24 Nov 2021

On 18 September 2021, the Brazilian Section of the International Police Association received one of the highest honours of Brazilian Freemasonry, the “Masonic Insignia to the Independence Day of Brazil -1822”, in a Masonic Public Session commemorating the Independence Day of Brazil.


The Independence of Brazil was an achievement of Brazilian Freemasonry that was signed on 20 August 1822 in a Masonic Session at the Loja Arts and Commerce, located in the city of Rio de Janeiro, then capital of Brazil.

However, on 7 September of that year, when the Regent Dom Pedro, a Grand Master Freemason, was travelling to communicate this feat in the city of São Paulo, he was questioned by the Imperial Post on the banks of the Ipiranga stream, with a letter from his adviser, the Freemason Bonifácio, who informed him of Portugal's actions against him. Dom Pedro mounted his horse, drew his sword, and uttered the famous cry of “Independence or Death”, and took Brazil from the Portuguese yoke.

The president of IPA Brazil, Dr. Joel Zarpellon Mazo received the award during a beautiful event entitled “Independence Àgape (Gala dinner)”, in the presence of the IPA Brazil Executive Board, and from the pulpit made a statement of thanks for the partnerships signed with Masonic segments of Brazil, developing common social projects. This event marked an unprecedented Masonic acknowledgment of the IPA in Brazil. 

Joel Zarpellon Mazo, President IPA Brazil