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Bolsonaro slams environmental NGOs who accuse him “of setting fire to the Amazon”

Saturday, September 5th 2020 - 08:47 UTC
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“You know that NGOs don't have a voice with me. I am firm with these people, but I can't kill this cancer that most NGOs are,” Bolsonaro said “You know that NGOs don't have a voice with me. I am firm with these people, but I can't kill this cancer that most NGOs are,” Bolsonaro said

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has slammed environmental NGOs as a 'cancer' and denounced what he said was an international conspiracy accusing him of being responsible for devastating Amazon wildfires.

“You know that NGOs don't have a voice with me. I am firm with these people, but I can't kill this cancer that most NGOs are,” Bolsonaro said during his regular Facebook broadcast on Thursday.

He used the broadcast to hit out at “bastards” who accuse him of “setting fire to the Amazon.”

The main target of his ire was a group of environmental NGOs which this week launched an English-language internet campaign entitled “”, urging potential investors in Brazil to insist on firm government commitments to protection of the Amazon.

“Bolsonaro is burning the Amazon. Again. Which side are you on?” the campaign headline asks.

“Because of him the Amazon, Earth?s main biodiversity hub, and the Indigenous nations who protect it, are in critical condition. Bolsonaro is suffocating our hope for a livable planet,” according to the NGOs.

International investment funds worth a combined US$4 trillion called in June for changes to the government's environmental policy.

Human Rights Watch responded on Friday to Bolsonaro's outburst, saying that “not only does he show his total disregard for the actions of NGOs ... but his anti-environmental policies have accelerated the destruction of the forest, with serious consequences for those who defend it, but also for the health of thousands of people who breathe toxic air as a result of the fires.”

General Augusto Heleno, Brazil's Minister of Institutional Security, acknowledged in an interview on Friday that it was possible to “improve” government action to preserve the Amazon, but he also criticized NGOs.

“The favorite sport of some NGOs is to speak badly of the Amazon. Behind it all there are interests that go far beyond preservation,” he told the Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper.

“It seems Bolsonaro is responsible for everything that happens in the Amazon, but a lot of the information in these campaigns is fabricated and ill-intentioned.”

Under international pressure, Bolsonaro has deployed the army to the region to crack down on deforestation and fires, and decreed a ban on all agricultural burning. However, satellite images from Brazil's space agency INPE identified more than 29,000 fires in the region in August, the second highest number in a decade.

The figure represents only five percent fewer fires than in 2019, when devastating wildfires triggered worldwide alarm over a forest seen as vital to curbing climate change.

Categories: Environment, Politics, Brazil.

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  • Chicureo

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    Sep 10th, 2020 - 03:10 am +4
  • Chicureo

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    90% of deaths over 70
    99% with pre existing conditions
    No deaths under 20
    60 deaths under 50 (1/120,000 of the in-range pop.) Avlidna/dag kumulativit

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    Sep 10th, 2020 - 12:06 am +3
  • Chicureo

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    Sweden has been referred to as a society of state individualism; an eclectic blend of deeply individualistic behaviours suspended within a framework of strong state and governance. As such, Swedes are far more open to voluntary cooperation with state requirements in the face of crisis, than to heavy-handed draconian directives of legislation. It is therefore telling that strategy and response have been... ...part of the state as opposed to the government. The state as a broader entity is understood as being more apolitical, and therefore not subject to bipartisanship.... ...Given the nature of Swedish society as consensus-driven, the strategy ought to be read as a cooperation between the state and its citizenry, rather than the state dictating what is to be done.

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    Sweden has publicly admitted that they made some errors in handling the pandemic, but remain convinced their overall herd immunity strategy will prove to be the best course for their nation. But then again, I'm just a small simple farmer in Chile.


    Sep 10th, 2020 - 12:36 pm +3
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