BRAZILIAN police blamed angry miners on Saturday for the previous day’s torching of the environment agency’s regional headquarters and a research institute.
The Amazonas state branch of the Brazilian Environmental Protection Agency (Ibama) in the city of Humaita was torched along with the Environment Ministry’s Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation.
Ibama Amazonas chief Jose Leland Barroso called it “a barbaric attack, an act of terrorism.”
State police chief Colonel David Brandao said no-one was hurt in the incident and calm had since returned to the city.
He said unlicensed gold prospectors were angry at Ibama’s seizure of nearly 40 barges used in the illegal extraction of gold from the bottom of the Madeira River, which runs through Humaita.
Hundreds of miners headed to the city to attack the buildings, forcing the government to send federal police and troops. It was unclear whether any arrests were made.