Bolivianos abandonam carros em dia do pedestre

Atualizado em  6 de setembro, 2012 - 12:08 (Brasília) 15:08 GMT

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Uma vez ao ano, cidade tem clima de tranquilidade, com pessoas praticando esportes nas ruas.

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Its name may mean 'peace', but the Bolivian city, La Paz, is not normally noted for its calm.

That is, apart from on the annual day of the pedestrian.

Vehicles are banned for 24 hours and the usually traffic-choked streets are taken over by cyclists, street performers and people playing sport.

The idea is to raise the environmental awareness of Bolivians.


Transcrição em português

Seu nome pode significar "paz", mas a cidade boliviana La Paz não é normalmente conhecida por sua tranquilidade.

A não ser pelo dia anual dos pedestres.

Veículos são proibidos por 24 horas e as ruas geralmente engarrafadas são tomadas por ciclistas, artistas de rua e pessoas praticando esportes.

A ideia é aumentar a consciência ecológica dos bolivianos.



Vocabulary

calm - peacefulness

pedestrian - person who is walking

traffic-choked - full of cars and other vehicles

taken over - assumed control of

awareness - knowledge


Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from BBC news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

calm / pedestrian / traffic-choked / taken over / awareness

1. Tahrir Square - the sprawling, usually __________ plaza at the heart of Cairo - became the hub of the revolution which unseated President Hosni Mubarak on 11 February.

2. Four water cannon were deployed by police. The area returned to __________ at about 03:00 BST.

3. She established many of the smuggling routes __________ by the Medellin cartel after she was sentenced to 20 years in prison for drug trafficking.

4. Back in 2003, a group of young men started a movement to clean up the streets of Darayya and raise __________ among people to fight corruption.

5. In 2009, wealthy 20-year-old Hu Bin killed a __________ on the streets of Hangzhou.


Answers

1. Tahrir Square - the sprawling, usually traffic-choked plaza at the heart of Cairo - became the hub of the revolution which unseated President Hosni Mubarak on 11 February.

Source: Tahrir Square's place in Egypt's history

http://bbc.in/hRXsVf

2. Four water cannon were deployed by police. The area returned to calm at about 03:00 BST.

Source: Police chief urges action as violence flares in Belfast

http://bbc.in/OS5Y1t

3. She established many of the smuggling routes taken over by the Medellin cartel after she was sentenced to 20 years in prison for drug trafficking.

Source: Colombia's 'queen of cocaine' Griselda Blanco killed

http://bbc.in/RBKg2H

4. Back in 2003, a group of young men started a movement to clean up the streets of Darayya and raise awareness among people to fight corruption.

Source: Darayya deaths shocks Syrians

http://bbc.in/PW9Q14

5. In 2009, wealthy 20-year-old Hu Bin killed a pedestrian on the streets of Hangzhou.

Source: Gu Kailai and the body double debate

http://bbc.in/StE7Hf

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