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Brazilian Miners Torch Government Buildings in Amazon Region

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Buildings housing Brazil’s environmental agencies Ibama and ICMBio in the middle of the Amazon forest were set ablaze on Friday by miners retaliating against the confiscation of barges used for illegal gold mining operations in the Madeira River. According to an official report, federal agents set fire to some of the barges apprehended, making miners angry.

"An investigation is under way so we can deliver a detailed report to the governor on those responsible for this overwhelming, extremely violent event so that the government can take appropriate action," said . . .

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