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Carla Zambelli
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Federal Deputy from São Paulo
Assumed office
February 1, 2019
Chair of the Chamber Environment and Sustainable Development
In office
March 12, 2021 – March 17, 2022
Preceded by Rodrigo Agostinho
Succeeded by Covatti Filho
Personal details
Carla Zambelli Salgado

(1980-07-03) July 3, 1980 (age 43)
Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil
Political party PL (2022–present)
Other political
  • PSL (2018–2022)
  • UNIÃO (2022)
Aginaldo de Oliveira
(m. 2020)
  • Project manager

Carla Zambelli Salgado de Oliveira (born in Ribeirão Preto, July 3, 1980) is a Brazilian right-wing activist and politician. Founder of the movement On the Streets, Zambelli gained notoriety through her activism in favor of the impeachment of the ex-president Dilma Rousseff. In the elections of 2018, she was elected federal deputy for São Paulo, by the Social Liberal Party (PSL).

Her profile has been described by some as belonging to the political far-right, being economically liberal and socially conservative.

Biography and views

Zambelli was born on July 2, 1980, in São Paulo, Brazil.

In 2017 she declared herself a monarchist, after conversations with members of the imperial family. She is against the quota policy, except for people with disabilities.

In the elections of 2018, she was elected federal deputy by the PSL. She said that her line of action in the Chamber of Deputies will continue to be the fight against corruption. According to Zambelli, this will be done through three pillars: "less state, more justice and real education."

In April 2022, she stated that she was gathering support for fellow lawmaker Daniel Silveira to be given amnesty.


On May 30, 2020, while on the Brasil Urgente [pt] show, Zambelli stated that empty coffins were being buried in the state of Ceará, supposedly as an attempt to inflate COVID-19 death statistics. The photograph mentioned by Zambelli as evidence was later shown to have been taken in 2017, in the state of São Paulo, and was part of an investigation of a case of life insurance fraud. Zambelli's statement prompted Ceará's government to declare they would take "appropriate judicial measures".

On August 18, 2020, Zambelli's press service announced she had contracted COVID-19, and would begin treatment using hydroxychloroquine. Despite its potential negative health side effects, Zambelli has praised the drug on multiple occasions, and attributed the First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro's recovery of COVID-19 to hydroxychloroquine.

On August 24, 2020, Zambelli was hospitalized for "clinical exams and the investigation of an autoimmune disease". Two days later, on August 26, 2020, Zambelli posted on Twitter that she was "100% cured" due to early treatment using hydroxychloroquine. However, on August 28, 2020, the hospital that had admitted her denied she had contracted COVID-19 in the first place, and stated the following:

Após extensa investigação clínica, a equipe médica que acompanha a deputada chegou à conclusão de que a mesma não teve a infecção pela COVID-19 [...] Foi feito o diagnóstico de endometriose profunda e iniciado o tratamento.

After extensive clinical investigation, the medical team that has been taking care of the deputy came to the conclusion that she did not have the infection due to COVID-19 [...] The diagnosis was deep endometriosis and treatment has begun.

After the statement, Zambelli claimed her COVID-19 test was a false positive. Following the controversy and public outcry, Zambelli deleted the tweet where she attributed her recovery to the use of hydroxychloroquine.

In March 2022, Zambelli launched a website to provide resources for those who did not wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, citing an excerpt for Brazil's Civil Code stating that "no one can be compelled to submit, at the risk of life, to medical treatment or surgical intervention. Zambelli was filmed on the eve of the November 2022 presidential elections, in Jardins, a neighborhood in the central area of the capital of São Paulo, entering a bar with a revolver in hand. She was caught on camera wielding a pistol and chasing a journalist, and later fled Brazil. On the day of the approach, Zambelli was not arrested in the act.

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