The Brazilian government has deployed thousands of armed forces to protect the Amazon rainforest from deforestation. The move came after the Bolsonaro administration was plagued with heavy criticism from his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and corruption scandals.
Government officials launched a military operation on Monday as an early response to the surging deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Their operation will start ahead of the high season for forest fires.
The armed forces were accompanied by environmental officials, law enforcement officers, and other government agencies. They began operations in a national forest located in the state of Rondonia.
According to Vice President Hamilton Mourao, the government invoked the same measures they used during the devastating fight against multiple forest fires in the rainforest last year.
The government would establish five permanent camps in the Amazon to serve as the homes for the groups involved in the operation-including military personnel, environmental agencies, and other security forces.
Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo said each …