The war simulation in the Amazon carried out in September by the Brazilian Army was accompanied by military personnel from the United States (USA). The news came from the Minister of Defense himself, the active general Fernando Azevedo e Silva, and was presented in the Minister’s speech after a request for information had been filed by deputies regarding military training of unprecedented proportions.
“I inform you that, as a result of a reciprocal agreement to participate in maneuvers, the U.S. military accompanied as observers,” the minister said, according to information published by the press monopoly O Globo. However, there were no details about which Yankee military personnel were present, nor about the role they played in the training.
The war simulation of the “red country against the blue country,” costing R$ 6 million in public coffers and involving 3,600 soldiers, was carried out by the Brazilian reactionary army between September 8 and 22 in the Amazon, in the cities of Manacapuru, Moura and Novo Airão (Amazonas) and in the state of Rondônia.
In the same week, the Minister of Defense, General Fernando Azevedo e Silva, and the Army Commander, Edson Leal Pujol, had gone to the training site. The Yankee Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who is a former director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA, was also in the region. He had gone to a Venezuelan immigrant station in Roraima, on the border of Venezuela, 840 kilometers from Manacapuru, where he met with Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo.
Operation “Amazon,” as it was called, demonstrates the advance of counterrevolutionary militarization in the region, now clearly with the support of Yankee imperialism.
During the government of Bolsonaro and the generals, the presence of the military and the advance of militarization in Amazonia have been intensified through the application of multiple ” Law and Order Guarantee” (GLO) decrees to supposedly combat deforestation and defend the environment, while in fact serving to strengthen the offensive against the poor peasants fighting for land. The denunciations of the peasant movement, as well as of indigenous and other traditional peoples, have been condemning the recurring sieges to the areas where they live and work, the growth in the number of attacks, and the strengthening of the reactionary defense of the latifundia in the region.