Leonardo DiCaprio Paid "To Set The Amazon On Fire", Alleges Brazilian President

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has now put the blame of Amazon fires on Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio who is also an environmentalist and had recently announced $5 million donation for the Amazon.

President Bolsonaro's policies came under global scrutiny in August as Amazon experienced record fires this year. The president did not accept any responsibility and accused the NGOs of setting the fires to get funding for their environmental cause. Many groups working for the protection of Amazon has since faced government crack down.

Now after DiCaprio's pledge of supporting the groups working for protection of the rain-forest, the Brazilian president took his aim on the actor.

Mr Bolsonaro said: "This Leonardo DiCaprio is a cool guy, right? Giving money to torch the Amazon."

"So what did the NGO do? What is the easiest thing? Set fire to the forest. Take pictures, make a video. [WWF] makes a campaign against Brazil, it contacts Leonardo DiCaprio, he donates $500,000.

"A part of that went to the people that were setting fires. Leonardo DiCaprio, you are contributing to the fire in the Amazon, that won't do," he said.

DiCaprio denied any such involvement while praising the NGOs working in the country.

"Although they are certainly worth supporting, we have not funded the organisations that are currently under attack," the actor said in a statement.

"The future of these irreplaceable ecosystems is at stake and I am proud to be part of the groups that protect them."


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