UPDATED 7:59 AM PT — Monday, August 26, 2019
Brazilians are taking to the streets to protest their government’s handling of the wildfires in the Amazon rainforest. Thousands of protesters railed against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday over what many say was his slow response to the record number of fires in the area.
This comes after Brazil’s government deployed more than 40,000 troops to combat the fires. Despite the military efforts, protesters say they are still not pleased with Bolsonaro’s handling of the situation.
“I think he’s pretending to combat the fires, but the ideology that has caused the fires and that will continue to fuel the destruction of the Amazon at the expense of all of humanity will necessarily continue because it’s something very fundamental to the entire Bolsonaro movement.”
— Glenn Greenwald, investigative journalist
There have reportedly been more than 70,000 forest fires in the region this year alone, which is an 85-percent increase from last year’s numbers.
Brazil’s Pres Bolsonaro approved letting the military help fight fires ravaging the Amazon, after international outcry and protests across the globe.
Warplanes are dumping water and the military is coordinating with fire services in 7 states affected. pic.twitter.com/YfXtHxA5ox
— AJ+ (@ajplus) August 26, 2019