Far from taking any responsibility for the fires raging in the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is putting the blame on non-governmental, environmental organizations. Without any supporting evidence, he alleges that they intentionally started the fires to punish him for cutting their funding.
While speaking at a steel industry conference, he said, “On the question of burning in the Amazon, which in my opinion may have been initiated by NGOs because they lost money, what is the intention? To bring problems to Brazil.” He first uttered the claim on a Facebook Live broadcast on Wednesday, saying “everything indicates” that NGOs were responsible, though failed to supply any evidence. When asked for proof, he replied that it was just his feelings.