Swedish activist Greta Thunberg criticized Brazil’s Environment Minister Ricardo Salles for arguing that the government should take advantage of the fact that the focus of attention is on the covid-19 pandemic to loosen control rules.

“Just imagine the things that were said away from the camera … Our common future is just a game for them,” wrote Thunberg on Twitter, citing the minister’s statement and the hashtag # SalvemAAmazonia.

Greta Thunberg at a demonstration in Brussels on March 6

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In a meeting whose video was released on Friday (22) by Minister Celso de Mello, of the Supreme Federal Court (STF), Salles defended that the attention given by the press to the coronavirus pandemic opens an “opportunity” to deregulate environmental norms and in other areas.

“We need to make an effort here while we are in this moment of tranquility in terms of press coverage, because it only talks about Covid, and go through the cattle and change all the rules and simplify rules. From Iphan [Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional], Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of that, Ministry of that. Now it is time to join forces to simplify simplification “, he said.

After the video was released, the minister manifested himself on Twitter and declared that he always defended the reduction of bureaucracy and simplification of rules, “with common sense and everything within the law”. “The tangle of irrational rules hinders investments, job creation and, therefore, sustainable development in Brazil,” he added.

Thunberg, 17, had already criticized the murder of indigenous people in Brazil in 2019 and was called a “brat” by President Jair Bolsonaro. The Swede leads a global student movement that promotes weekly strikes on Fridays to demand action against the climate crisis.

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