- Title: "Save Amazon, burn Bolsonaro": Angry protest in India over Brazil forest fires
- Date: 27th August 2019
- Summary: RONDONIA, BRAZIL (AUGUST 24, 2019) (MUTE) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SMOKE RISING ABOVE AREA OF AMAZON LEFT DESOLATE FROM FIRES CHARRED AREA OF AMAZON, SMOKE COMING FROM BURNT SHRUBS AND TREES AERIAL VIEW OF AMAZON THAT HASN'T BEEN AFFECTED BY FIRES/SMOKE RISING FROM THE BURNT AREA OF AMAZON CHARRED TREES STANDING IN AREA OF AMAZON THAT WAS DESTROYED BY WILDFIRES
- Embargoed: 10th September 2019 13:46
- Keywords: India Brazil Amazon rainforest Rondonia tropical forest protest forest fire Kolkata
- Location: KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL, INDIA/RONDONIA, BRAZIL
- City: KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL, INDIA/RONDONIA, BRAZIL
- Country: India
- Topics: Environment
- Reuters ID: LVA004ATZTB2F
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- Story Text: Dozens of protesters rallied outside the Brazilian consulate in India's eastern Kolkata on Tuesday (August 27) against President Jair Bolsonaro and demanded protection for the Amazon rainforest.
Demonstrators chanted and waved posters saying: "Save Amazon, Burn Bolsonaro", condemning the Brazilian leader's policies and his response to the Amazon fires.
A record number of fires are ravaging the rainforest, many of them in Brazil, drawing international concern because of the Amazon's importance to the global environment.
Forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon, which accounts for more than half of the world's largest rainforest, have surged in number by 83% this year, according to government data, destroying vast swathes of a vital bulwark against global climate change.
Bolsonaro has attributed the scale of the fires to dryer-than-average weather and insisted on the need for economic development of the Amazon to improve the lives of its 20 million inhabitants.
Environmentalists have warned that his controversial plans for more agriculture and mining in the region will speed up deforestation.
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