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Brazil's Bolsonaro says mystery oil slicks on beaches likely have criminal origin

Brazil's Bolsonaro says mystery oil slicks on beaches likely have criminal origin
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends a launch ceremony of the government anti-crime project at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil October 3, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado -
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ADRIANO MACHADO(Reuters)
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday that mysterious oil slicks polluting the country’s northeastern beaches were likely to have been left there criminally.

Had the oil originated from a shipwreck, as Bolsonaro posited on Monday, it would still be seeping onto the beaches, he said.

The oil has washed up in recent weeks on more than a hundred beaches in nine northeastern states from Maranhao down to Bahia. Its origin has yet to be explained.

(Reporting by Pedro Fonseca; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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