Amazon Town Becomes Focus of Bolsonaro’s Fight With NGOs

VOA News | Dec 4, 2019 at 2:49 PM
  • A sleepy Amazon town has become the flashpoint for the growing hostility between Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and environmental groups following the arrest of volunteer firefighters he has said set blazes in the rainforest.
  • Amid the international outcry over the Amazon fires in August, Bolsonaro accused the then-head of Brazil’s space research institute, Ricardo Galvao, of manipulating satellite data on deforestation in order to undermine his administration.
  • In November, a group of international academics published a research paper in the journal Global Change Biology, debunking the Brazilian government’s claims that Amazon fires in August were normal.