The BBC suggests that the attack is by gold miners “known locally as garimpeiros, who operate illegally in Brazil’s vast Amazon region”. It came days after the government seized miners’ boats.
Extra troops and federal police have been deployed in the north Brazilian town of Humaita after hundreds of armed men set alight several offices belonging to environmental agencies.
The attack took place on Friday, in the heart of Brazil’s Amazon region, and lasted five hours.
The authorities say it was carried out by gold prospectors in revenge for a recent raid on an illegal operation.
Property belonging to two government agencies was destroyed.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Humaita, Amazonas, Brazil
Brazil (BR) is estimated to have a population of 207.0 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.9% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 9.5 million.