President Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil can’t afford to fight Amazon fires

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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro says his country can’t afford to fight the massive blazes raging across the Amazon rainforest.

Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho.
Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho.REUTERS

Bolsonaro, who won election last year, has faced criticism for not doing enough to contain deforestation as the Amazon faces a record number of widfires — which are up 84 percent from the same period last year.

“There aren’t the resources. This chaos has arrived,” the president told reporters on Thursday, according to the BBC.

Bolsonaro repeated claims accusing non-government groups of setting the blazes in response to being defunded by his administration.

When asked if he had any proof, Bolsonaro responded saying: “Did I accuse NGOs directly? I just said I suspect them.”

The blazes, which have ravaged parts of the states of Rondônia, Amazonas, Pará, and Mato Grosso, forced Amazonas to declare a state of emergency earlier this month, Euro News reported.

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