Amazon wildfires: Brazil’s president sends in army as thousands protest

Jair Bolsonaro is deploying the army to help fight the fires, but some – including world leaders – say he is not doing enough.


Brazil’s president has insisted that he is taking a tough approach to tackling the Amazon wildfires as protesters demand action.

Jair Bolsonaro, who is less than a year into his presidential term, said: “We are a government of zero tolerance for crime, and in the environmental field it will not be different.”

But as he spoke, thousands of Brazilians gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and the capital Brasilia – calling for stronger action to stop the fires.

There have also been demonstrations in other South American countries, as well as Europe, the US and India.

Some 44,000 troops, backed up by military aircraft, will be available, the country’s defence and environment ministers announced, after Mr Bolsonaro said he was deploying the country’s military to help fight the fires.[…]

Source: Amazon wildfires: Brazil’s president sends in army as thousands protest

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