Bolsonaro cracks down on illegal mining in Amazon amid global pressure – for now

Brazil government is determined to show the world a new, greener face after three years in which deforestation rates and global outrage exploded

In the four decades since he helped found the Garden of Gold, Fernando Viana has had a front row seat to the chaotic scramble for precious metals in the Brazilian Amazon.

Cutthroat squabbles over the jungle mines sprinkled around this riverside outpost. Lead-riddled corpses dumped outside the rowdy wooden bordellos he once ran.

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