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Agents from IBAMA measure illegally cut timber in Para state, in Brazil’s Amazon basin. Agents from IBAMA measure illegally cut timber from Cachoeira Seca indigenous land in Para state, in Brazil’s Amazon basin, March 10, 2018 (Photo by Vinicius Mendonza for IBAMA via AP Images).

Deforestation Is Spiking Under Bolsonaro, With Environmental Costs Beyond Brazil

Friday, Aug. 16, 2019

Two weeks after the release of new government data showing a sharp rise in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, hundreds of indigenous women occupied a government building in Brasilia on Tuesday to protest what they called President Jair Bolsonaro’s “genocidal” environmental policies targeting their communities. The following day, a contingent of over 1,000 indigenous women joined some 100,000 other demonstrators in Brazil’s Women’s March on the streets of the capital.

“We are all warriors on the front lines of this struggle against today’s political situation, which is so adverse to our peoples,” said Sonia Guajajara, who works with the organization convening the march, the Articulation of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples, in a press statement. “We also aim to raise awareness among the international community to build support for Brazil’s indigenous peoples.” ...

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