Candidates with a dirty record of environmental crimes are elected in 85 Brazilian municipalities
The investigative journalism agency Pública revealed that 85 Brazilian municipalities elected mayors and vice mayors fined by Ibama for environmental infractions, a quarter of them in municipalities in the Amazon region. Among the crimes are “deforestation, burning, exploitation of native forest located in reserves,” including falsification of information for environmental agencies”, points out the survey made by the report.
The states of Pará and Mato Grosso lead the list of elected offenders, with ten each. Highlights include reelection in the municipality of Trairão, which was marked by the “Day of the Fire” in August 2019: both the mayor, Valdinei José Ferreira, and the vice mayor, Maurício de Lima Santos, have environmental fines that total R$ 6.6 million. The municipalities of Itaituba and Novo Progresso, also known as “Day of the Fire” hotspost, followed suit, with the election of politicians involved in environmental crimes. In Mato Grosso, the candidate with the highest number of environmental fines in these elections, Freud Fraga dos Santos, will continue for his second term as vice mayor of the municipality of Alto Araguaia.
Other states appear with significant numbers of environmental offenders elected are Ceará, Tocantins, Alagoas, Bahia, Paraíba, Amazonas and Minas Gerais.