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Jair Bolsonaro provokes Leonardo DiCaprio on social networks for the Amazon

the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, responded this Friday in an ironic way to Leonardo DiCaprio on social networks, after the American actor asked young Brazilians to regularize their voter title and vote in October thinking in favor of the Amazon.

“Thank you for your support Leo! It is very important that all Brazilians vote in the next elections. Our people will decide if they want to maintain our sovereignty over the Amazon or be governed by thieves who serve foreign interests”said the president on his Twitter account.

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The far-right leader also took the opportunity to remind the Oscar winner for best actor for ‘The Revenant’ that the photograph he published in 2019 to denounce the devastating fires that were advancing in the Amazon actually corresponded to an image from years ago.

Bolsonaro, who defends the exploitation of the mineral resources of the Amazon, including in indigenous reserves, and has successively cut the budget of environmental organizations, thus answered the call of DiCaprio so that young Brazilians register and can vote in the presidential elections in October.

The American actor actually joined a campaign on social networks that other international celebrities have already shared, such as the Brazilian singer Anitta, and that seeks to mobilize young people ahead of the elections and add support against Bolsonaro.

“Brazil is home to the Amazon and other critical ecosystems for climate change. What happens there matters to all of us and the vote of young people is key to driving change for a healthy planet”, he claimed DiCaprio on the eve

This is not the first time Bolsonaro Y DiCaprio collide for the Amazon.

In 2019, when the largest tropical forest on the planet suffered the worst fires in recent years, the head of state accused, without evidence, DiCaprio of financing non-governmental organizations and environmental activists, who, in his opinion, were behind the fires in the ecosystem.

The actor denied the accusations and said he was “proud to support the groups they protect” the Amazon, which has around 60% of its total area in Brazilian territory.

Since Bolsonaro assumed power, in 2019, deforestation rates have skyrocketed in the region.

In the first quarter of this year, deforestation alerts in the Brazilian Amazon reached a new record, with 941 square kilometers of forest destroyed, according to official estimates.

Source: Elcomercio

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