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Last updated at 15:16 BST, Wednesday, 05 September 2012

Peaceful La Paz

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Report and vocabulary

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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.

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 cannons 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.

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Answers

How did you do?

1

traffic-choked

2

calm

3

taken over

4

awareness

5

pedestrian