On Wednesday, June 10, President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree extending the deployment of troops to the Amazon rainforest for an additional 30 days. The deployment will largely impact surrounding states and indigenous communities. Affected states include Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima, Tocantins, and Maranhão. The decree gives military authority over environmental agencies in the Amazon, among other powers.
A heightened security presence in the affected areas is to be anticipated over the near term.
President Bolsonaro sent troops to regions of the Amazon in 2019 following large-scale wildfires. Troops were also deployed last month in order to mount a response to increased deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Critics of the deployment of troops believe the move allows greater deforestation from illegal loggers and other similar parties.
Individuals in affected areas are advised to monitor developments to the situation and adhere to instructions issued by the local authorities.
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