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The Amazon Is Brazil’s, Not Yours, Bolsonaro Tells Europeans

July 19, 2019, 6:45 PM

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro attacked the “environmental psychosis” of European leaders concerned over his administration’s plans to develop the Amazon rainforest and insisted that the numbers showing sharply increased rates of deforestation were “lies.”

“The Amazon is Brazil’s—not yours,” he said at a July 19 meeting with foreign journalists at the presidential palace in Brasilia.

Questioned about numbers from Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research, INPE, showing an 88% rise in deforestation between June 2018 and June 2019, he said the data was false and he will summon the head of the institute for an explanation.

Jair Bolsonaro
Photographer: Andre Coelho/Bloomberg

Bolsonaro defended his ...

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