Environment Minister Ricardo Salles was the target of a protest on Wednesday morning (9), in Brasilia.
At a Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development public hearing Congress, a protester handed the minister a doll wearing a suit and tie and holding a sign over the stump of a felled tree. At the base was the name of Ricardo Salles.
"Minister, I would like to present this to you, minister. This award is the Exterminator of the Future Award for Minister Salles," said the protester, a young man in a white shirt and tie.
Security guards removed the protestor shortly after he handed over the doll. Salles picked up the doll and set it under the table, not responding to the protester.
Salles said at the hearing that oil hit dozens of Northeast beaches. He added that it is most likely of Venezuelan origin and must have come from the "accidental or otherwise" spill from a ship off the Brazilian coast.
"This oil that is coming most likely is from Venezuela, as the Petrobras study said. It is an oil that comes from a foreign ship, apparently, sailing close to the Brazilian coast, whether accidental or not," he said.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon