After Criticism from Leonardo DiCaprio, Mourão Invites Actor to March Eight Hours in The Jungle

On social media, star said that Jair Bolsonaro publicly doubted the severity of fires


After actor Leonardo DiCaprio criticized President Jair Bolsonaro's actions with the Amazon fires on Wednesday (19), Vice President Hamilton Mourão invited the star to "an eight-hour march through the jungle."

"I would like to invite our most recent critic, our actor Leonardo DiCaprio, to go with me to São Gabriel da Cachoeira [in Amazonas] and we make an eight-hour march through the jungle between the airport of São Gabriel and the road to Cucuí," said Mourão at the World Forum Amazon + 21, a debate between the government and the productive sector.

Brazil's Vice President Hamilton Mourao speaks during a news conference at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil July 15, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado - REUTERS

"He will learn in each socavão that he has to pass that the Amazon is not a plain and then he will better understand how things work in this immense region," continued the vice president in reply to the actor.

On Friday (14), DiCaprio shared on a social network an article in the English newspaper The Guardian showing that the number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon increased 28% in July compared to the same month last year, according to data from the National Institute for Space Research.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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