Activists in Porto Vehlo, a Brazilian city which has been affected by the recent Amazon wildfires, came out to protest against the government's environmental policies on Sunday.

"We are here today, spontaneously without any leadership, because the whole population of Rondonia is feeling the effect of the wildfires this year as it has been increasing. This [wildfires] is a political project for the expansion of the agriculture industry," said Ariadne, one of protesters.

"The crisis is huge. We have to defend it [the Amazon], defend our rights, our jungle, and hold to account those people up there who just ignore the problem. So our intention to be here is to draw attention to this problem, to this big problem that Brazil is facing today," said Joaquim, another activist.

Porto Vehlo is the capital of Rondonia, one of the states that have been hit by a record number of wildfires.

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