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Security & Strategic Review - September 2020

BRAZIL: Sending the army to the Amazon

A particularly bad wildfire season in the Brazilian Amazon last year prompted President Jair Bolsonaro’s government to call in the army to help with firefighting efforts. This year, a Garantia da Lei e da Ordem (GLO) decree, already several times renewed, pre-emptively deployed troops to the Amazon in May to help tackle deforestation. Vice President Hamilton Mourão, who oversees the government’s Amazon council and the ‘Operação Verde Brasil 2’ authorised by the GLO, has suggested that the army’s presence in the Amazon, currently due to last until November, could be extended all the way until 2022.

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