August 22, 2019 / 11:51 AM / 4 months ago

Brazil's Bolsonaro says government lacks the resources to fight Amazon fires

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks during the Brazilian Steel Conference in Brasilia, Brazil, August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that the government lacks the resources to fight wildfires in the Amazon rainforest after satellite images showed a record number of burning spots this year.

In a speech broadcast live on Facebook, the president said the government is investigating the fires. He also said he never claimed non-governmental organizations were starting fires in the forest, saying he was only talking of his suspicions.

Reporting by Eduardo Simões; Writing by Ana Mano

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