News Report

Intermediate level

Violence on streets of Hong Kong

Episode 160209 / 09 Feb 2016

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report from 9th February 2016. Before you listen, read these three summaries:

a)    Police in Hong Kong have shot protestors after officers cleared people selling things in the street.

b)    Police in Hong Kong have used weapons on protestors after officers cleared people selling things in the street.

c)    Police in Hong Kong have used weapons on protestors after officers cleared a demonstration.

Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are three definitions of key vocabulary items which may help you.

batons
heavy sticks used as weapons by police

clashes
fights or battles between groups of people

street vendors
people who sell things in the street rather than in a shop

 

Step 3: Transcript and answer

Police in Hong Kong have used batons and pepper spray in clashes with protestors after officers tried to clear street vendors from a road in the Mong Kok area.

The protestors threw bricks and other objects at the police who made 24 arrests.

Police said 48 officers were hurt.

Answer

b) Police in Hong Kong have used weapons on protestors after officers cleared people selling things in the street.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.

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