President Jair Bolsonaro said Saturday (24) that is not the Amazon forest is on fire, but deforested areas. The head of the federal executive spoke to reporters off the official residence of the Alvorada Palace.
Bolsonaro said fires in the Amazon region, which in recent days have generated criticism in Brazil and abroad on the government's performance in relation to the environment.
The president of Brazil, the situation is heading for “normality”. "The average of fires is down in recent years. It's going to normal, this question […] our units are already beginning to work in the region. Now, the forest is not on fire as people are saying. Fire is where staff deforestation ", said the president.
Yesterday (23), Bolsonaro authorized employment for women of the Armed Forces to act in firefighting in the region. To the extent start avail, the governors of the Amazonian states need to formalize the request. By the early afternoon Saturday, Roraima, Rondônia, Tocantins, For, Acre and Mato Grosso had already accepted federal aid.
The president said the government should release around R $ 40 million for actions against fires. For him, the value is low and gives you “to speak of shame”. Bolsonaro said of the fires is spontaneous and, Other part, “it seems, are [fire] criminals”. In a statement to radio and TV on Friday he said he will “zero tolerance” with environmental crimes.