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Session 97

Beijing condemns the storming of the Hong Kong parliament by protestors. Catherine and Dan teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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Activity 1

News Review

Hong Kong demonstrations

Protestors in Hong Kong have stormed the Hong Kong parliament building. Beijing says their actions have 'trampled the rule of law'. 

Language challenge

Combine two of these words to make a verb that means 'move through a place damaging and stealing'.

ran / steal / sack / took

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The story

Beijing has condemned the ransacking of the Hong Kong parliament by pro-democracy protestors. The Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office said it backed the territory's authorities to investigate what it called the criminal responsibility of violent offenders. It said the demonstrators' actions on Monday had 'trampled the rule of law'.

Key words and phrases

ruin something's appearance by damaging or writing on it

• Last night the main hall of the museum was defaced with political graffiti.
• Library books are now laminated to prevent people defacing their covers.

done openly in an easy-to-see way

• The video footage clearly shows the criminal's blatant lies.
• OK – what's going on? You two have blatant chemistry. Are you flirting?

zero tolerance
legal policy of strict punishment for even small offences

• This school has a zero tolerance policy towards drugs.
• There is a policy of zero tolerance against modern-day slavery in this country.

To do

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News Review quiz

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