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".

Site highlights each day to your inbox.



Latest news

Formula One teams unanimously veto new tyres for 2020
The plan now is for Pirelli to continue developing 18-inch tires, which will be used during the 2021 season and the next generation of Formula One cars.

Family releases chilling footage of a stranger hacking into Ring camera
Consider this a warning, this family got lucky enough that the person on the other end made an attempt to communicate with them.

How you can watch the best meteor shower of the year
A camera on board the NASA Parker Solar Probe has captured footage of the asteroid responsible for the Geminid meteor shower . The Geminid display is for those willing to fearless the chill of a December night for a fine winter shower.

Mars 2020: Mars Will Soon Have Two Roaming Rovers Again
The key to any of this, though, will be a better understanding of the water ice environment just below the Martian surface . While there is not a definitive timeline or a specific mission planned, NASA hopes to send astronauts to Mars by the 2030s.

How Arsenal Transfer News Affect Their Odds to Win?
Other players rumored to be destined for Arsenal include; Sokratis Papastathopoulos, from Borussia Dortmund, and Saul Niguez. If they are rumored to buy an elite player, during the transfer window, they play well which increases the odds of winning.

Other news