Brazil President denies existence of fires in Amazon rainforest, calls it a lie

Denying the existence of fires in the Amazon rainforest, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on August 11, angrily called it a “lie”. The denial by the Brazil President comes despite data produced by his own government showed that thousands of fires are surging across the region.

“They won’t find any spot of fire, nor a quarter of a hectare deforested,” said the former army captain at a meeting of members of the Leticia Pact, an agreement between Amazon countries to protect the rainforest. Adding further, he said, “This story that the Amazon is going up in flames is a lie and we must combat it with true numbers.”

A similar denial was made by Bolsonaro last year when a spike in fires provoked a global outcry, and he traded barbs with French President Emmanuel Macron and other world leaders.

Denying the existence of fires in the Amazon rainforest, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on August 11, angrily called it a “lie”. The denial by the Brazil President comes despite data produced by his own government showed that thousands of fires are surging across the region.

“They won’t find any spot of fire, nor a quarter of a hectare deforested,” said the former army captain at a meeting of members of the Leticia Pact, an agreement between Amazon countries to protect the rainforest. Adding further, he said, “This story that the Amazon is going up in flames is a lie and we must combat it with true numbers.”

A similar denial was made by Bolsonaro last year when a spike in fires provoked a global outcry, and he traded barbs with French President Emmanuel Macron and other world leaders.

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