Brazil sends army to tackle Amazon fires

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    Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has ordered the armed forces to fight record forest fires in the Amazon, amid international outrage over rising deforestation.

    According to the BBC, he has deployed soldiers in nature reserves, indigenous lands and border areas beset by fires.

    The move is an apparent reversal for Mr Bolsonaro, who has been accused of emboldening miners and loggers – he reportedly scorned environmental activists and declared staunch support for the clearing of areas of the Amazon for agriculture and mining. E

    Other countries had earlier threatened to target Brazil’s economy if the nation did not act to stop the fires.

    France and Ireland said they will not ratify a large trade deal with South American nations and Finland’s finance minister called on the EU to consider banning Brazilian beef imports.

    Environmental groups also held demonstrations in cities across Brazil on Friday to demand action to combat the fires, and protesters gathered outside the Brazilian embassies around the world.