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General News    H3'ed 5/12/19

Brazil Tells the World: The Amazon Rainforest Is Ours, Not Yours

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Bolsonaro stripped  the National Indian Agency of the right to demarcate indigenous territories and moved the National Forestry Service to the Ministry of Agriculture, outraging indigenous and environmentalists, but pleasing the farm lobby. 8 former Brazilian environment ministers warned in an open letter that he is dismantling environmental protections. Environment Minister Ricardo Salles responded that his office maintaines autonomy and that NGOs are the ones hurting Brazil’s reputation.

"I don’t accept this idea that the Amazon is world heritage, this is nonsense," Gen. Augusto Heleno Pereira said in an interview. "The Amazon is Brazilian and the heritage of Brazil should be dealt with by Brazil for the benefit of Brazil. We have the capacity to carry out sustainable development in the Amazon. I can’t accept the rest of the world giving lessons on the Amazon."

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