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In the Amazon, the uncertain balance sheet of the fight against fires


The Brazilian government prides itself on controlling fires, but does not communicate any figures. Satellite observations show no clear regression.

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Brazilian soldiers extinguish a fire in the Nova Fronteira area on 3 September. LEO CORREA / AP

Fire ordeal has arrived for Jair Bolsonaro - literally and figuratively. The Brazilian president, who had decreed, on August 23, the mobilization of the army to fight against fires devastating the Amazon, must today answer for its action. And the record, after two weeks of fighting against the flames, is more than contrasted.

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Officially, however, the situation would be "under control". The "Green Brazil" operation is mobilizing the full force of air, land and sea armies. Last week, the government ordered the ban for sixty days on "queimadas" (farmers burnt). He stages his action, spreading massively on social networks a galaxy of flattering clichés: army trucks patrolling the tracks, soldiers in impeccable trellises filling tanks and ballet military planes dropping torrents of water on the forest in flames.

The Ministry of Defense assures that "Green Brazil" would have already allowed to "extinguish" or "control" several fires, especially towards Bom Futuro and in the north of the Campos Amazônicos national park: two areas located in the State of Rondônia , where the action of the military is concentrated. If we believe the authorities, the victory would be in sight. "Brazil has once again demonstrated that when it is united, there is no obstacle it can not overcome! Welcomed Onyx Lorenzoni, head of the Casa Civil (equivalent of prime minister), at a meeting on Tuesday (September 3rd), bringing together members of the government as well as the governors of Western Amazonia.

"Great part of improvisation"

For his part, Jair Bolsonaro said he was determined to discuss the fate of the great forest "with patriotism" in his speech at the next UN General Assembly, scheduled in three weeks. A braggart, the president, who continues to reject the aid of $ 20 million unblocked by the G7 - a vulgar "alms", he said - called the Brazilians to dress in green and yellow for the national holiday September 7th to "show the world" that "the Amazon is ours" .

Source: lemonde

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