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Brazil’s President Blames Leonardo DiCaprio Donations for Amazon Fires

Brazil’s President Blames Leonardo DiCaprio Donations for Amazon Fires


(RIO DE JANEIRO) — Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is blaming actor Leonardo DiCaprio for making donations to nonprofit organizations that he claims are behind a number of the fires within the Amazon rainforest.

Bolsonaro instructed supporters Friday: “DiCaprio is a cool man, isn’t he? Giving cash to set the Amazon on hearth.”

DiCaprio’s environmental group has pledged $5 million to assist shield the Amazon after fires destroyed massive elements of the rainforest in July and August.

Boslonaro’s feedback observe a police raid on the headquarters of two nonprofit teams within the Amazonian state of Para.

A number of volunteer firefighters, who deny wrongdoing, had been arrested and later launched. Native police say they’re being investigated for allegedly igniting fires to acquire funding by nonprofits.

Federal prosecutors say their investigation factors to native land-grabbers as major suspects.