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Bolsonaro: Leonardo DiCaprio gave money to set Amazon on fire

Christian Fernsby |
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has accused Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio of "giving money to set the Amazon on fire".

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Topics: BOLSONARO    LEONARDO DICAPRIO    AMAZON    FIRE   

he president gave no evidence but in the past has accused NGOs critical of his policies of starting fires that ravaged the rainforest this year.

Several arrests have been made amid controversial and unproven allegations fires were started to obtain funding.

DiCaprio, who has pledged $5m for the Amazon, denied Mr Bolsonaro's claim.

The latest comments appear to arise from the arrest of four volunteer firefighters from northern Pará state on allegations they started fires to generate NGO donations.

Rights groups, NGOs and critics claimed the police operation against them was politically motivated and an attempt to harass environmental groups.

His latest accusation came during brief remarks at the presidential residence on Friday.

"This Leonardo DiCaprio is a cool guy, right? Giving money to torch the Amazon."

He gave no evidence and did not elaborate.


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