Bolsonaro Promotes Controversial Measures Favoring Loggers, Arms Dealers and Evangelicals

The President signed an ordinance relaxing inspection and purchase of ammunition, called on the Treasury to stop collecting tax debts from churches, and dismissed key IBAMA inspection officials.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - President Jair Bolsonaro's conservative agenda keeps moving amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed thousands in Brazil. Overshadowed by the serious health, political and economic crisis that has enveloped the country, a number of controversies in the areas of environment, education, and public safety have surfaced in the 70 days since Covid-19 reached the country.

The Planalto has managed to set in motion policies that are clear nods to its main electoral bases: evangelical churches, logging and mining companies, and arms dealers. The controversial measures are seen by many as being highly detrimental to . . .

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