On 20 May, an article in Insight Crime reported that the Brazilian government is facing its strongest accusations to date that it not only turned a blind eye to illegal deforestation in the Amazon but actively participated in its pillage. Police have raided properties and offices connected to the Environment Minister Ricardo Salles and Eduardo Bim, the head of the environment protection agency (Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis — Ibama). The government of President Jair Bolsonaro has been controversially linked to a number of destructive actions in the Amazon.
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