Brazilians march to protect Amazon from fires

OAN Newsroom
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.

Indigenous people protest in defense of the Amazon while wildfires burn in that region, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug, 25, 2019. Experts from the country’s satellite monitoring agency say most of the fires are set by farmers or ranchers clearing existing farmland, but the same monitoring agency has reported a sharp increase in deforestation this year as well. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

“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.

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