Brazilians Take To The Streets To Protest Deforestation Of The Amazon


This message comes from n._p._r. Sponsor xfinity some things are slow like a snail races. Other things are fast like xfinity x. by get get fast speeds even when everyone is online working to make wifi simple easy awesome more at xfinity dot com restrictions apply so what can be done to stop these wildfires ravaging the amazon that is a question that's being asked by everyone from world leaders to protesters testers on the streets of rio de janeiro pressure. There is building on brazil's president to do more. We're going to go now to n._p._r.'s phillip leaves. Who's at that protest in rio de janeiro. Hey phil so what what what are those people chanting about well the charting about a number of things but mostly anger and indignation and their dismay about what's going on in the the amazon rainforest that here behind me now about fifty yards from where i'm sitting i'm in downtown rio de janeiro in one of the best known squares in the city chanting singing waving banners saying forest his life s._o._s. amazon and both scenario out a reference to both scenario brazil's president and when you talk to them they are angry and upset about what's going on. They're aware that the rest of the world has very strongly reacted to this and they are keen to try to draw the attention of that fellow brazilians to the <hes> the crisis the catastrophe that's been playing out in the amazon rainforest in the recent days so after all of this criticism has been hurled at bolsonaro for not protecting the amazon enough what is is he doing now to limit the spread of these fires well. His position has changed somewhat today. If you recall a couple of days ago he was almost contemptuous with those who are drawing attention to the crisis. That's happening there. He at one point suggested that the fires being set by non-governmental organizations sir claimed to astonishment and outrage not only in brazil but around the world today though he's changed held a meeting of his ministers and he signed signed an executive order that enables him to send the army into the rainforest to try to combat these fires now how the army deals with foulland's and thousands of fires that are raging in an area. That's ten times of texas is known yet but people here when you talk to them say that one thing they they could do arrest some of the farmers that are deliberately setting these fires to clear land because that would send a message if you publicize those arrests to the rest of the <hes> those in the forest who are committing these illegal acts yeah i mean there's been a lot of intense diplomatic pressure on bolsonaro especially from europe. Has that had a lot of impact. Well both now takes a very nationalistic line on this. He says that the amazon rainforest is brazil's concern. Dan and he sees <hes> international pressure as foreign interference but that press pressure has been building especially from europe at the g seven summit of world leaders the french president emmanuel macron has said that he's gonna highlight the issue there he's actually usable scenario of lying to him about climate change earlier elliot summit so the pressure really is considerable and people here are not comfortable with that they are concerned that his damaging the image of the country and they're also worried that that could lead to some sort of sanctions may be boycotts. Awesome cost will be paid in terms of trade so it's an issue that both oh has to face up with up to and real quick are more demonstrations planned in brazil. Yes louis was one more here on sunday in there will be demonstrations over the weekend in dozens of city not around the cities around this country. That's n._p._r.'s philip greaves in rio de janeiro. Thanks phil you're welcome.

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