Thousands of people rioted on Sunday in Paragominas, Brazil, protesting the government's crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest. The protesters burned vehicles, set the offices of the environmental agency Ibama on fire, and stole 14 trucks carrying 400 cubic meters of logs seized from illegal logging activities in the Amazon.
Brazil's Environment Minister, Carlos Minc, has asked for troops from Brazil's National Security Force to secure the area and quell the rioting. He said the government would not back down from their efforts to enforce rules directed towards preventing the illegal logging destroying substantial portions of the world's largest rain forest.
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