Brazilian president calls activist Greta Thunberg a ‘brat’

Brazilian president calls activist Greta Thunberg a `brat´

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro called Swedish climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg a "brat" on Tuesday, Dec. 10, after her comment on two Indigenous people Brazilians' death in the Amazon.

"Greta said that the Indians died because they were defending the Amazon", Mr Bolsonaro told journalists.

Shortly after Bolsonaro's comments, Thunberg altered the biography of her Twitter feed to the Portuguese word for brat: pirralha.

"The indigenous peoples are literally being murdered for trying to protect the forest from illegal deforestation".

The attack, which is being investigated by the Brazilian authorities, occurred less than forty days after the murder of another indigenous leader in the same region.

Bolsonaro questioned the coverage news media have given Thunberg, 16, who on Sunday tweeted a link to a story about the murder of two indigenous people in Brazil's Maranhao state.

Greta Thunberg changed her Twitter bio to 'Pirralha'. "So nice to see!"


She left the country last month and is attending the United Nations global climate change conference where Brazil's environmental policies have come under scrutiny.

Marina Silva, a center-left politician and former environment minister under Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's administration, said Bolsonaro's move was "incoherent" with his leadership position.

In Brazil's 2018 presidential election, Bolsonaro ran on a platform of reducing crime in the country. In August, amid a push to expand legal protections for security forces, police, and citizens who shoot alleged criminals, Bolsonaro said he hopes criminals will "die in the streets like cockroaches". He has been backed by powerful agro-business lobby groups that wish to expand the cultivation of cash crops and loggers (mostly illegal) wanting to exploit the woods.

"The enormity of the deforestation growth in Brazil is no accident", Christian Poirier, program director of the non-profit Amazon Watch, previously told Business Insider.

Gabriela Baesse, 27, said that the exchange showed the Brazilian president "doesn't understand the youth".

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