Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro claims Leonardo DiCaprio is to blame for Amazon fires because the actor made donations to organisations he claims started the blazes
- Jair Bolsonaro accused DiCaprio of ‘giving money to set the Amazon on fire
- Actor’s environmental organisation pledged $5 million to help protect Amazon
- Boslonaro’s comments follow a police raid of two nonprofit groups in Para
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is blaming actor Leonardo DiCaprio for making donations to nonprofit organizations that he claims are behind some of the fires in the Amazon rainforest.
Bolsonaro told supporters Friday: ‘DiCaprio is a cool guy, isn’t he? Giving money to set the Amazon on fire.’
DiCaprio’s environmental organization has pledged $5 million to help protect the Amazon after fires destroyed large parts of the rainforest in July and August.
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro (left) is blaming actor Leonardo DiCaprio (right) for making donations to nonprofit organizations that he claims are behind some of the fires in the Amazon rainforest
The actor urged people at the time to consider donating to front line groups in the Amazon and the Rainforest Alliance who help the ‘world’s most vulnerable tropical forests.’
DiCaprio attributed part of the problem to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who he says allowed farmers and loggers to ‘clear the land’ after taking office in January.
Boslonaro’s comments follow a police raid at the headquarters of two nonprofit groups in the Amazonian state of Para.
A tract of the Amazon jungle burns as it is cleared by loggers and farmers in Porto Velho, Brazil (file image)
Several volunteer firefighters, who deny wrongdoing, were arrested and later released.
Local police say they are being investigated for allegedly igniting fires to obtain funding through nonprofits.
Federal prosecutors say their investigation points to local land-grabbers as primary suspects.