Brazilian president calls Great Thunberg a 'brat'

Clay Curtis
December 12, 2019

This isn't the first time Bolsonaro has gone after climate activists.

A video of the 16-year-old Swede giving US President Donald Trump a "death stare" at a United Nations climate summit in NY in September went viral on social media.

"Greta's been saying Indians have died because they were defending the Amazon", a smirking Bolsonaro told reporters outside the presidential palace in Brazil's capital, Brasília.

"Indigenous people are literally being murdered for trying to protect the forrest [sic] from illegal deforestation". It is shameful that the world remains silent about this'. "It's impressive that the press is giving space to a brat like that", the country's head told journalists, using the term "pirralha".

The attack, which is being investigated by the Brazilian authorities, occurred less than forty days after the murder of another indigenous leader in the same region.

The teen activist retorted by changed the biographical description on her Twitter account to "Pirralha". "So nice to see!"

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Marina Silva, a center-left politician and former environment minister under Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's administration, said Bolsonaro's move was "incoherent" with his leadership position.

Two Indigenous men of the Guajajara tribe in eastern Amazon were shot dead on Saturday in a drive-by shooting not far from where a prominent tribesman who defended the Amazon rainforest was also killed last month. He has been backed by powerful agro-business lobby groups that wish to expand the cultivation of cash crops and loggers (mostly illegal) wanting to exploit the woods.

Poirier said he thinks the deforestation and fires "can be attributed entirely to the environmental mismanagement policies and rhetoric of Bolsonaro", since the Brazilian president has promised to open up large swaths of the rainforest to development and pave a highway through the Amazon.

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