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Bolsonaro plans to send the Army to help extinguish fires in the Amazon

August 23, 2019


The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, announced this Friday that he is considering the possibility of sending the Army to help in the work of extinguishing the fires that are sweeping the Amazon and that have generated a wave of malaise worldwide.

In statements to the press when leaving the Palace of Alvorada, the president has specified that this issue will be addressed in a meeting with his ministers planned during the day. “We will do what is within our reach,” he added, stressing that “the problem is resources.”

Specifically, what the president considers is a guarantee and order operation (known as GLO) that can only be authorized by the head of state when traditional public security forces have been exhausted.

As explained by the official agency Brazil, these operations are limited in time and are aimed at preserving public order, the integrity of the population and guaranteeing the functioning of the institutions.

On the other hand, Bolsonaro has instructed all the ministries so that according to their competencies they adopt “the necessary measures in the fight against the outbreaks of fire in the Amazon region in order to preserve and defend the Amazonian flora, national heritage “, as published on Friday by the Official Gazette.

According to data from the Space Research Institute of Brazil (INPE) so far this year the fires have increased 83 percent over the same period of 2018. In 2019 this state agency has registered 72,843 fires, the highest number since it reached the previous record in 2013. Between August 15 and 20, satellites accounted for 9,500.