Aug 27, 2019

Amazon fires: Brazil to reject G7 offer of $22m aid

The Brazilian government has said it will reject an offer of aid from G7 countries to help tackle fires in the Amazon rainforest. President Jair Bolsonaro has accused France of treating Brazil like a colony. His defence minister has said the fires in the Amazon were not out of control. The minister, Fernando Azevedo e Silva, said 44,000 soldiers had been deployed to combat the fires and environmental crimes in the Amazon. President Bolsonaro has been accused of emboldening miners and loggers who deliberately start fires to illegally deforest land.

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