Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro claimed on Friday that Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio financed fires being set in the Amazon rainforest, without presenting any proof, the conservative leader’s most recent broadside in throwing fault over timberland fires that have produced global concern.
‘Cool guy’ Leonardo DiCaprio gave money to torch Amazon
Bolsonaro had all the earmarks of being remarking via social media postings guaranteeing that the natural association the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) had paid for pictures taken by volunteer firemen that it at that point used to solicit donations, including a $500,000 commitment from DiCaprio. The WWF has denied getting a gift from DiCaprio or acquiring photographs from the firemen.
“This Leonardo DiCaprio is a cool guy, right? Giving money to torch the Amazon,” Bolsonaro said during a brief remarks in front of the presidential residence.
An agent for DiCaprio didn’t quickly react to a request for comment. DiCaprio has been a blunt promoter for battling environmental change, posting much of the time on Twitter about ecological issues, including the Amazon timberland fires. His Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which is centered around ventures that
“protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction,” is part of the Earth Alliance.
Four members from the nongovernmental organization Alter do Chão Fire Brigade were captured on Tuesday with police blaming them for intentionally setting flames so as to record them and scrounge up more donations. They were released on Thursday on a judge’s order.
Politicians and different NGOs furiously scrutinized the capture, saying it was a part of a concerted effort by Bolsonaro’s government to irritate environmental groups.
Bolsonaro has over and over lashed out at different groups in throwing fault for the timberland fires.
In a Facebook live post on Aug. 21, he said, “Everything indicates” that NGOs were going to the Amazon to “set fire” to the forest. When asked then if he had evidence to back up his claims, Bolsonaro said he had “no written plan,” adding “that’s not how it’s done.”
After one day he conceded that farmers could be illicitly setting the rainforest on fire, yet around a month later he assaulted the “lying media” for saying that the rainforest was being crushed by the flames. The Amazon rainforest is viewed as a rampart against worldwide environmental change.
Bolsonaro had discussed DiCaprio on Thursday during a live webcast. The president said the WWF paid the firefighting NGO to take pictures of timberland fires in the Amazon.
“So what did the NGO do? What is the easiest thing? Set fire to the forest. Take pictures, make a video,” the president said. “(WWF) makes a campaign against Brazil, it contacts Leonardo DiCaprio, he donates $500,000.”
“A part of that went to the people that were setting fires. Leonardo DiCaprio, you are contributing to the fire in the Amazon, that won’t do,” Bolsonaro said.