Environment

Brazil’s environmental agency tried to cover up the torching of its own helicopters

Two helicopters belonging to Brazilian environmental protection agency Ibama were torched this week, allegedly in protest by illegal miners. But, amid a process of dismantling the country's environmental oversight, the agency tried to cover up the attack

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Ibama helicopter allegedly torched by miners. Photo: PM/AM

In the early morning on Monday, two helicopters belonging to Brazilian environmental protection agency Ibama were torched in a flying club in Manaus, in the northern state of Amazonas. Authorities believe the crime was committed by illegal gold miners working on the Madeira River. At the end of last year, an Ibama operation in the region resulted in the seizure of more than 100 mining barges.

Footage of one of the aircraft in flames circulated around Brazil’s leading media outlets, but that wasn’t Ibama’s plan. Sources linked to the agency tell The Brazilian Report  that Ibama issued an order...

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