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Brasileiros vão às ruas para maiores protestos em 20 anos

Atualizado em  21 de junho, 2013 - 09:40 (Brasília) 12:40 GMT

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The Brazil hasn’t seen protests on this scale for over 20 years.

Police in riot gear stood behind barriers to protect state buildings in Rio, where over 100,000 people joined the march.

Demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil's biggest cities, to protest about the rising costs of public transport and the expense of staging the 2014 World Cup.


Transcrição em português



O Brasil não tem visto protestos desse porte há mais de 20 anos.

Policiais usando equipamento de proteção de tropa de choque se posicionaram atrás de barreiras erguidas para proteger prédios públicos no Rio de Janeiro, onde mais de 100 mil pessoas aderiram à passeata.

Manifestantes marcharam pelas ruas das maiores cidades brasileiras, para protestar contra os custos crescentes do transporte público e das despesas na preparação da Copa de 2014.

Vocabulary

on this scale - as big as this

riot gear - clothes and equipment the police use when dealing with a large demonstration that might become violent

barriers - fences to stop people getting into a particular area

rising costs - increases in the amount of money needed to complete a particular project

staging - organising

Exercise


on this scale / riot gear / barriers / rising costs / staging

1. A tile manufacturer is shedding 75 jobs as part of "restructuring" plans. Johnson Tiles, which employs about 400 people at its factory in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, said the _________ of energy had affected business.

2. The Turkish government worried that the women's funeral might end in violence. As the ceremony ended, a group of several hundred young men marched up the hill towards a police station. Officers dressed in _________ came out to stand in front of the main gate. But neither side confronted the other.

3. King Richard's skeletal remains were found by archaeologists beneath a car park in Leicester, and are due to be re-interred in the city next year. York City Council is _________ events including exhibitions and festivals.

4. Prosecutors described the thieves as "professionals". They had dressed as police, wore masks and were well armed. They forced their way through security _________ and drove towards the Helvetic Airways plane, forcing open the cargo hold to reach gems that had already been loaded.

5. The US has expressed concern over Turkey's handling of the protests and Amnesty International condemned the police's tactics, saying: "The use of violence by police _________ appears designed to deny the right to peaceful protest altogether and to discourage others from taking part."


Answers

Source: Johnson Tiles to cut 75 jobs in 'restructuring plan'
http://bbc.in/14golCd

2. The Turkish government worried that the women's funeral might end in violence. As the ceremony ended, a group of several hundred young men marched up the hill towards a police station. Officers dressed in riot gear came out to stand in front of the main gate. But neither side confronted the other.

Source: Calls for peace at funerals of slain PKK activists
http://bbc.in/17VyY2y

3. King Richard's skeletal remains were found by archaeologists beneath a car park in Leicester, and are due to be re-interred in the city next year. York City Council is staging events including exhibitions and festivals.

Source: Richard III celebrations announced for York
http://bbc.in/11WFW34

4. Prosecutors described the thieves as "professionals". They had dressed as police, wore masks and were well armed. They forced their way through security barriers and drove towards the Helvetic Airways plane, forcing open the cargo hold to reach gems that had already been loaded.

Source: Arrests over $50m Belgium airport diamond heist
http://bbc.in/15g8zX3

5. The US has expressed concern over Turkey's handling of the protests and Amnesty International condemned the police's tactics, saying: "The use of violence by police on this scale appears designed to deny the right to peaceful protest altogether and to discourage others from taking part."

Source: Turkey protest: Anti-government clashes spread
http://bbc.in/1bRz4pk

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