Jair Bolsonaro makes baseless claim NGOs may be setting Amazon rainforest on fire

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday said, without presenting evidence, that non-governmental organisations could be burning down the Amazon rainforest to bring shame on his government after he cut their funding. Bolsonaro said ‘everything indicates’ that NGOs are going to the Amazon to ‘set fire’ to the forest. He pointed out that his government had slashed NGO funding, which he claimed may be a motive for NGOs burning down the forest as they seek to bring infamy to his government.