Chief Raoni Metuktire, one of the most iconic defenders of the Amazon, condemned Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for blaming wildfires devastating the rainforest on indigenous people.
Indigenous leader Raoni Metuktire, one of the Amazon rainforest's best-known defenders, is stable after receiving a blood transfusion in hospital, his institute said on Sunday. Raoni, chief of the Kayapo people in northern Brazil, has been hospitalized since Thursday for weakness, shortness of breath, poor appetite, and diarrhea.
Dozens of Amazon indigenous leaders have gathered in the heart of the threatened rainforest to form an alliance against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policy and his threats to throw their homelands open to mining concerns.
Brazil's legendary indigenous chief Raoni arrived in Paris on Sunday for the start of a three-week tour across Europe where he will meet heads of state, celebrities and the Pope to highlight growing threats to the Amazon.