Jair Bolsonaro replied with irony on Friday to the call of actor and environmental defender Leonardo DiCaprio, critic of the far-right leader.
The actor spoke to Brazilian youth, encouraging them to register on the electoral lists for the October presidential election.
- Thanks for your support, Leo!
It's really important to have every Brazilian voting in the coming elections.
Our people will decide if they want to keep our sovereignty on the Amazon or to be ruled by crooks who serve foreign special interest.
Good job in The Revenant!
— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) April 29, 2022
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“Thank you for your support Leo!
It is very important that all Brazilians vote in the next elections.
Our people will decide if they want to maintain our sovereignty over the Amazon or prefer to be ruled by thieves who serve external interests, ”Jair Bolsonaro replied in an English message on his Twitter account.
Very committed to safeguarding the Amazon
On Thursday, the Hollywood star had published a message recalling that "Brazil is home to the Amazon and other ecosystems essential to climate change".
"What happens there matters to all of us and the vote of young people is essential in driving change for a healthy planet," he wrote with a link to information on how to register on electoral rolls.
Leonardo DiCaprio has already openly criticized the Brazilian president in the past, in particular for his management of the fires in the Amazon rainforest since taking office in 2019. He has even joined the initiatives of various NGOs demanding that any investment in Brazil depends on commitments. farms in favor of the preservation of the Amazon.
Requests rejected by Jair Bolsonaro, seen as interference against Brazilian sovereignty.
Since the far-right president came to power, the average annual deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has increased by more than 75% compared to the previous decade.
The Bolsonaro government is notably accused of favoring the impunity of gold panners, farmers or timber traffickers who practice illegal deforestation, with budget cuts in environmental control bodies.
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