Hundreds of protesters from the ‘Extinction Rebellion’ and ‘Fridays for Future’ movements gathered outside the Brazilian consulate in Barcelona on Friday to protest against the Brazilian government and President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the recent wildfires raging across the Amazon rainforest. Demonstrations also took place outside the Brazilian embassies in Dublin, London and Paris.
Footage shows environmental activists holding signs saying 'Bolsonaro is an environmental criminal' and could be heard chanting 'Bolsonaro resign!'
Climate activists blame Bolsonaro’s environment policies and his support for logging and land clearing in the Amazon for the recent spate of wildfires. The Brazilian President has accused international non-governmental organisations for starting the fires themselves to damage the Brazilian government’s image.
Brazil's National Institute for Space Research reported on Thursday that wildfires were spreading with a record speed saying its data showed an 84 percent increase in fires compared to the same period last year.