Jair Bolsonaro claims NGOs behind Amazon forest fire surge – but provides no evidence

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Brazilian president blames environmental groups after he is criticised for rise in blazes

The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, has accused environmental groups of setting fires in the Amazon as he tries to deflect growing international criticism of his failure to protect the world’s biggest rainforest.

A surge of fires in several Amazonian states this month followed reports that farmers were feeling emboldened to clear land for crop fields and cattle ranches because the new Brazilian government was keen to open up the region to economic activity.

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