Brazilian governors are calling on President Jair Bolsonaro to accept foreign assistance to fight the raging fires in the Amazon rainforest after criticizing such donations and saying that he would consider accepting the money if the French President Emmanuel Macron Apologizes After Spitting
Flávio Dino, Governor of the State of Maranhão in northeastern Brazil, said he and his colleagues have asked Bolsonaro to accept the donations – a combined $ 40 million from the Group of Seven Nations including $ 20 million from the group, $ 12 million from the UK and $ 11 million from Canada.
"It's not the moment to refuse money," the governors said to the president, according to the BBC.
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According to the comments of the governors, Rego Barros said Bolsonaro and his government were "open to financial Means supporting organizations and countries … This money will have the total governance of the Brazilian people when it enters the country. "
Brazil initially stated that it would not accept foreign aid, as the Bolsonaro government considered it "Interference" considered. Brazil's ambassador to France "Help that we did not ask for," said Fernando Serra to the French media. The G-7 aid was decided without Brazil. "
At the G-7 summit in Biarritz, southwestern France, the heads of state and government pledged tens of millions to fight the fires over the weekend. France's Macron said that while the Amazon is largely distributed in Brazil, it is a global problem and the world can not allow Bolsonaro to ruin the globe.
"We respect your sovereignty. It's your country, "he said, noting that the Amazon is" the lungs of the planet. "
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" The Amazon forest is We can help you with reforestation, we can find the funds for your economic development that respect the natural balance, but we can not let you destroy everything, "said Macron.
Bolsonaro described the remarks as unreasonable attacks on the Amazon "- and said the French president hides behind the idea of an" alliance "between the G-7 countries," as if [Brazil] was a colony or a no man's land "
he would be open to accepting foreign aid if Macron apologized to him.
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In addition to the US $ 40 million Dollars offered by the G-7 nations and fire-fighting assistance offered by Ottawa, other groups also contribute to supporting the region Earth Alliance, a new environmental foundation backed by Leonardo DiCaprio, says the Amazon is one Bolsonaro is committed to the protection of the Amazon and the persecution of all involved in illegal fires, many of which o in open deforested areas to clear land for agriculture.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.