Oct 28, 2017

Brazil Amazon: Troops deployed after attack on federal buildings

Extra troops and federal police have been deployed in the north Brazilian town of Humaita after hundreds of armed men set alight several offices belonging to environmental agencies. The attack took place on Friday, in the heart of Brazil's Amazon region, and lasted five hours. Buildings, vehicles, furniture and documents were set alight at the local headquarters of Brazil's Environmental Protection Agency and the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation. Police managed to foil attacks on the buildings of government agencies - Incra and Ipaam - but vehicles parked outside were set alight. This is the latest incident in the cat-and-mouse game played by federal agents and thousands of gold miners, known locally as garimpeiros, who operate illegally in Brazil's vast Amazon region.

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