A few months ago there were major headlines in the global media about the incidence of catastrophic fires in the Amazon Basin in Brazil. Hollywood celebrities stepped up to protest the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro and donate to the cause of saving the Amazonian rainforest.
Four activists were recently arrested in Brazil on suspicion of setting some of those catastrophic fires. It turns out that these firebugs had allegedly been the recipients of some of the hundreds of thousands of dollars donated by the actor Leonardo di Caprio to save the rainforest. The more fires, the greater the donations — right?
|00:00||An operation of the Pará civil police arrested four brigade members|
|00:04||suspected of involvement in the fires that hit Alter do Chão, in Santarém, in September.|
|00:09||The prisoners are NGO members linked to the “Health and Joy Project”, an award-winning organization|
|00:15||for its work in the Amazon. Searches were also conducted at their headquarters.|
|00:18||According to the Pará police investigation,|
|00:22||the organization would have signed a contract with the international NGO WWF|
|00:27||to sell 40 images of the fires for 17 thousand dollars.|
|00:30||Also, according to police, the dissemination of the images sensitized actor Leonardo di Caprio,|
|00:36||who donated US$500,000 for firefighting in the region.|
|00:39||Of this amount, $300,000 were passed on to the brigade members|
|00:43||who would have falsified invoices upon receiving the money.|
|00:46||The Alter do Chão fires lasted four days before being extinguished by the brigade and firefighters.|
|00:52||The resort is one of the main tourist destinations of Pará,|
|00:55||and is on the banks of the Tapajós River. According to|
|00:58||the federal prosecutor, the fire may have originated in an environmental preservation area,|
|01:03||which has been targeted by land-grabbers|
|01:06||and has been occupied irregularly to build a private housing estate.|
|01:09||In a statement, the NGO Alter do Chão Brigade says that the innocence of the members will be proved|
|01:15||and the prisoners at this stage of the operation were previously heard|
|01:18||by the police and cooperated with the investigation.|
|01:21||Coordinators of the NGO “Health and Joy Project” say they were surprised.