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Brazil environment minister's dismissal of slain Amazon defender stirs outrage | World news

Brazilian environmental groups have blasted Jair Bolsonaro’s environment minister after he dismissed the murdered Amazon rain forest defender Chico Mendes as “irrelevant”.Climate change a 'secondary' issue, says Brazil's environment minister Read more “I don’t know Chico Mendes,” the president’s environment minister, Ricardo Salles, told journalists on an interview show late Monday night, when asked about the famous Brazilian rubber tapper, union leader and environmentalist who was murdered in 1988.Salles oversees the Instituto Chico Mendes, which is named after the environmental advocate and oversees Brazil’s protected conservation areas.Bolsonaro downplayed environmental concerns during his 2018 far-right presidential campaign, threatening to pull Brazil out of the Paris agreement on climate change and advocating more mining and economic development in the Amazon rainforest.Salles told interviewers on the TV show Roda Viva that he hears contradictory accounts about Mendes’ life, saying environmentalists praise his work while local farmers claim he “used the rubber tappers to advance his own interests”.“It is irrelevant. What difference does it make who Chico Mendes is at the moment?” Salles said.His comments fueled criticism of the administration’s stance, which environmentalists say is excessively pro-business and farm interests.Marina Silva, a former environment minister who organized alongside Mendes as a teenager in the state of Acre, said Salles was “misinformed” about the...

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