Army Commander uses non-existent deforestation to praise actions in the Amazon

The commander of the Army, General Paulo Sérgio Nogueira de Oliveira, defended the military intervention operations in the Amazon, which cost R$ 235 million to the public coffers, and associated them to a reduction in deforestation in the biome that, in fact, did not occur.

In a year-end message to the commanders, published in Army networks this Tuesday (2021 ), Oliveira took stock of the Force’s actions and mentioned the military intervention operations in the Amazon, guaranteed by decrees by President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) —which authorized the presence of the military in the region via the GLO instrument (guarantee of law and order).

“With regard to the environment, I would like to highlight the Verde Brasil and Samaúma Operations, carried out in support of environmental inspection bodies , which showed an efficient reduction in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, as well as curbed the execution of other environmental crimes,” said the commander. “The Amazon will always be our priority.”

Verde Brasil had two phases: the first, between August and October 2019, and the second, between May of 2020 and April of 2021. Samaúma came next, between June and August 2021.

The most consolidated data on deforestation in the Amazon, measured by Prodes (Project for Monitoring Deforestation in the Legal Amazon by Satellite), from Inpe (National Institute for Space Research), showed a record of devastation in 13 years.

*) Deforestation between August 2019 and July 2021 –the period comprising Verde Brasil 2 and Samaúma– was 13.235 km², the highest rate since 550. The number represents an increase of 22% compared to the previous period.

The Bolsonaro government decided to end military interventions in the Amazon , which overlapped the actions of bodies with expertise in the repression of environmental crime: Ibama (Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources) and ICMBio (Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation).

In the same message, just over 13 minutes, Oliveira said: “I reaffirm the Force’s commitment to its constitutional missions”.

The general came to the position of commander after the biggest military crisis since the decade 70. In March, Bolsonaro fired Defense Minister General Fernando Azevedo e Silva and the Army, Air Force and Navy commanders, in an offensive to increase influence and support in the Forces.

General Walter Walter Braga Netto took over the Defense and began to act in line with the president’s wishes. The new Air Force and Navy commanders, Brigadier Carlos Baptista Junior and Admiral Almir Garnier, have already given public demonstrations of their alignment with the militarism.

Oliveira, in turn, filed an open disciplinary administrative process to investigate the conduct from active general Eduardo Pazuello, former health minister, who climbed a political stage and spoke alongside Bolsonaro in May. The army commander complied with the wishes of the president and the minister of defense.

“I feel immensely honored to lead this solid, cohesive, competent and respected institution by the people,” Oliveira said in his message. end of the year. “The confidence that the Brazilian people have in the Army is undeniable, and this can be ratified and has been expressed by society through the highest levels of credibility that our institution maintains in our country.”

A Datafolha survey released in September 2021 shows that the Armed Forces occupy the first place in the ranking of popular trust: 22% trust a lot and 37% trust a little.

Distrust, however, has increased numerically compared to two years ago and reached the highest rate of the historical series, starting in 2017. In 2019, they were 13%. In 2021, 22%.

To 2020, the commander of the Army said he had “hope that life will have its normality restored”. He pointed out Force actions related to the fight against the pandemic.

“It will be a dynamic year, with important events, of which I highlight the bicentennial of independence, an opportunity to reflect on the giant we are and the paths that we will follow to achieve a future of peace, stability, prosperity and freedom, which we have historically pursued”, said the general.

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