By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Environment Minister, Ricardo Salles, is once again in the hot seat after calling one of the country’s top environmental leaders, Chico Mendes, ‘irrelevant’ and stating that ‘he was not all that they said he was’.

The interview was almost over on Monday night at TV Cultura, when a journalist asked Salles what he thought of Chico Mendes, the Amazon icon who was killed in 1988 by farmers who were against his pro-forest activism.

"Look, I do not know Chico Mendes. I usually don’t comment on . . .

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