The President of Brazil Air Bolsonaro accused Hollywood actor and supporter of environmental protection and Leonardo DiCaprio in financing the burning of the Amazon rainforest.
“Leonardo DiCaprio is a cool guy, isn’t it? Give money to the burning of the Amazon, “—said on Friday, November 29, Bolsonaro nationalist — populist who promised to expel environmental NGO from Brazil.
As reported by the President’s supporters, the prosecution, about which the President of Brazil has provided no evidence came a day after Bolsonaro made a similar unfounded statement live Facebook.
“Leonardo DiCaprio the hell are you working for the burning of the Amazon”, said Bolsonaro, accusing the actor to participate in the international “campaign against Brazil“.
His comment concerns the controversial arrest on the eve of the four volunteer firefighters who were accused of setting fire to forests to charities allocated funds for liquidation. Firefighters were soon released amid public outrage.
In August, when in the Amazon region erupted in a huge fire that caused an international crisis, DiCaprio pledged $5 million to protect the Brazilian rainforest.
Don't kid yourself that because you eat meat in Europe, it's not a part of our climate emergency. Large swathes of the Amazon are deliberately set on fire to make room for soy that is almost exclusively sent to Europe to feed cattle here ?#MeatAThreatToOurPlanet pic.twitter.com/DsTsAMuzVf
— TheLuckyHeron? (@LuckyHeronSay) November 25, 2019
Bolsonaro known for his extreme right-wing views and controversial statements. The President of Brazil, who took office in January, has repeatedly expressed hostility to the activists, environmentalists, non-governmental organizations and foreign leaders who spoke in defense of the Amazon and criticized his position in relation to the environment.
Bolsonaro attack on the Hollywood actor sparked ridicule and anger among opposition politicians and activists.
“How desperate, — I wrote to Randolph Rodriguez, a Senator from the Amazonian state of amapá. — Our negligent and incompetent President responsible for the unprecedented in our country the ecological dismantling wants to accuse DiCaprio, but not to accuse their own administration, which is unable to take one step without destroying anything“.