Brazil minister blasted for calling murdered Amazon defender ‘irrelevant’

Brazil's Environment Minister Ricardo Salles attends a conference on indigenous rights organized by the prosecutor's office in Brasilia, Brazil January 23, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian environmental groups on Tuesday blasted President Jair Bolsonaro’s environment minister after he dismissed the murdered Amazon rain forest defender Chico Mendes as “irrelevant.” “I don’t know Chico Mendes,” Environment Minister Ricardo Salles told reporters on an interview show late Monday night, when asked about the famous Brazilian rubber tapper, union […]

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