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'Interest in the Amazon isn't in the Indian or the fucking tree,' says Bolsonaro

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In a makeshift speech to a group of prospectors in Brasilia, President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday that the foreign speech favorable to the Amazon rainforest is not concerned with environmental preservation or the protection of the Indians.

At the entrance to the Planalto Palace, where he climbed into a chair to speak, he said that the interest is not in the "fucking tree" and again criticized Chief Raoni Metuktire, who according to him "lives drinking champagne" in European countries.

"The interest in the Amazon isn't in the Indian or the fucking tree, it's in the ore. Raoni speaks for his village, speaks as a citizen, (but) doesn't speak for all Indians, no. It's another who lives drinking champagne in others. countries out there, "he said.

In defense of the prospectors, Bolsonaro said foreign companies are to blame for Amazon deforestation and suggested that they pay bribes to cover up environmental crimes.

“The world often criticizes the prospector. The cowardice that they do with the environment, as companies from various countries of the world do here in Brazil, no one touches the subject because the bribe, it seems, runs wild, "he said.

The president attended a demonstration by representatives of Coomigasp (Serra Pelada Miners' Mining Cooperative), which had protested earlier at the Alvorada Palace.

Representatives of the organization, who met with Bolsonaro also in the presidential cabinet, request that a contingent of the Armed Forces be relocated to Serra Pelada, in Pará, to protect the activity of mining.

"You were happy in the time of (military president João) Figueiredo. The legislation was different and I have to comply with the law. That's why I tell you: if I have legal protection, I put the Armed Forces there," he said.

The group accuses mining company Vale of advancing over the demarcated area for the exploration of the cooperative through underground tunnels. They request that licenses be issued by the federal government, not the state and municipal ones.

"The photographs I saw, I would like our press to do a job in this direction, show tunnels into which a double bus of so much gold that they took from your region," said the president.

He stressed, however, that the government "will not breach any contract with anyone" and intends to seek a way to remedy the situation in Pará, because, according to him, "can not continue as is".

"This is a country that has been stolen 500 years ago. We know the mineral potential of Brazil, from Roraima, southern Pará. I know how Vale has, under the Fernando Henrique Cardoso administration, taken mining rights in Brazil. A crime that happened, "he criticized.

Received by Bolsonaro, prospector Jonas Andrada, a representative of the cooperative, said his exploration area, neighboring a region where Vale operates, was ceded by the military government, and suggested that the company may be stealing the ore. He defended a federal intervention to protect the area.

"We want a federal government task force inside Serra Pelada. We are asking the Brazilian Army to demarcate our land because Vale may be inside our land through tunnels to extract our ore," he added.

The president discusses bill to release mining activity on indigenous lands. The idea is that the proposal is sent to the legislature this month. For experts consulted by leaf, would be a return of state protection over indigenous people that has already been repealed, with exceptions, by the 1988 Constitution.

Datafolha survey hired by the non-governmental organization ISA (Instituto Socioambiental) pointed out that 86% of Brazilians disagree with the permission of mineral exploration companies to enter indigenous lands.

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