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Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has come underneath assault for wildfires which might be raging within the Amazon, instructed the United Nations Tuesday that the rainforest is his nation’s sovereign territory.
“It’s a fallacy to say that the Amazon is the heritage of humankind, and a false impression confirmed by scientists to say that our Amazon forests are the lungs of the world,” he stated.
Bolsonaro then hit out at detractors, saying that whereas each nation had issues, sensational reporting within the worldwide media “aroused our patriotic sentiments.”
“Utilizing and resorting to those fallacies, sure international locations, as an alternative of serving to … behaved in a disrespectful method and with a colonialist spirit,” he stated.
“They even referred to as into query that which we maintain as a most sacred worth, our sovereignty.”
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He additionally defended his report on the therapy of indigenous folks and stated many backed him.
“Some folks each inside and outdoors Brazil, supported by NGOs … have insisted on treating and retaining our Indians as if they have been actual cave males,” he stated.
Bolsonaro’s presence in New York has sparked a number of protests.
On Tuesday morning, some held an indication close to the UN, holding an enormous puppet and placards like “Bolsonaro, your hatred isn’t welcome right here” and “Bolsonaro, a menace to the Earth.”
Extra have been deliberate in entrance of his resort this night.