Iconic Chief Raoni Rebuffs Bolsonaro, Calls on Him to Step Down

In his speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Bolsonaro took a swipe at Raoni as he rebuffed criticism of his slow response to combating fires in the rainforest and stated the Amazon was not part of world heritage.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Reuters) Indigenous chief Raoni Metuktire, proposed for the Nobel Peace Prize, said on Wednesday his people would not leave the Amazon and called on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to step down, a day after the head of state accused him of being a pawn of foreign interests.

Brazil’s best-known indigenous chief was welcomed by opposition lawmakers with ovations and tribal chants at Congress, where he spoke to reporters through an interpreter.

“Bolsonaro said I was not a leader, but it is he who is no leader and should go,” Raoni, 89, said at the . . .

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