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Anti-Gay Riots in Serbia (11th October, 2010)

Several hundred protestors in Serbia have tried to stop the Gay Pride parade in the country’s capital, Belgrade. They fought with police in the streets and threw stones and petrol bombs. They also set fire to a garage, which is part of the ruling Democratic Party headquarters. The police used tear gas to fight back and break up the gangs. More than 50 people, mostly policemen, were injured. This was the first Gay Pride parade in the city since 2001. A march was planned last year but was cancelled because of fears of violence.

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On Saturday, right-wing groups marched in the streets in protest at the Gay Pride march. They say that homosexuality goes against Serbian religious and family values. Democratic Party spokeswoman Jelana Trivan said the violence had nothing to do with moral values. She said: "These are hooligan gangs which must be punished severely". One of those taking part in the Gay Pride rally said: “It is a shame for me to march, to stand for what I am, and to have thousands of cops protect me.”

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Several

a.

fire to a garage

2

They fought with police

b.

of violence

3.

set

c.

hundred protestors

4.

The police used tear

d.

up the gangs

5.

break

e.

in the streets

6.

cancelled because of fears

f.

gas to fight back

 

Paragraph 2

1.

right-

a.

and family values

2

goes against Serbian religious

b.

severely

3.

nothing to do

c.

protect me

4.

punished

d.

wing groups

5.

have thousands of cops

e.

what I am

6.

stand for

f.

with moral values


LISTENING GAP FILL

Several hundred protestors in Serbia ________________ Gay Pride parade in the country’s capital, Belgrade. They fought with police in the streets _________________ and petrol bombs. They also set fire to a garage, __________________ the ruling Democratic Party headquarters. The police used tear gas to fight back and __________________. More than 50 people, mostly policemen, were injured. This was the first Gay Pride parade in the city since 2001. A march was planned __________________ cancelled because of __________________.

On Saturday, right-__________________ in the streets in protest at the Gay Pride march. They say that homosexuality goes against Serbian religious __________________. Democratic Party spokeswoman Jelana Trivan said the violence had nothing __________________ values. She said: "These are hooligan gangs which must be punished severely". __________________ part in the Gay Pride rally said: “It is a __________________ march, to __________________, and to have thousands of cops protect me.”


MULTIPLE CHOICE

(1) ____ hundred protestors in Serbia have tried to stop the Gay Pride parade in the country’s capital, Belgrade. They (2) ____ with police in the streets and threw stones and petrol bombs. They also (3) ____ fire to a garage, which is part of the ruling Democratic Party headquarters. The police used (4) ____ gas to fight back and break (5) ____ the gangs. More than 50 people, mostly policemen, were injured. This was the first Gay Pride parade in the city since 2001. A march was planned last year but was cancelled because of (6) ____ of violence.

On Saturday, right-(7) ____ groups marched in the streets in protest at the Gay Pride march. They say that homosexuality (8) ____ against Serbian religious and family values. Democratic Party spokeswoman Jelana Trivan said the violence had nothing to (9) ____ with moral values. She said: "These are hooligan gangs which must (10) ____ punished severely". One of those taking part in the Gay Pride rally said: “It is a shame (11) ____ me to march, to stand for what I am, and to have thousands of cops (12) ____ me.”

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

Few

(b)

Several

(c)

Little

2.

(a)

fought

(b)

fight

(c)

fights

3.

(a)

bet

(b)

get

(c)

set

4.

(a)

cry

(b)

tear

(c)

eye

5.

(a)

down

(b)

up

(c)

in

6.

(a)

fears

(b)

afraid

(c)

fright

7.

(a)

beak

(b)

neck

(c)

wing

8.

(a)

goes

(b)

going

(c)

go

9.

(a)

be

(b)

do

(c)

have

10.

(a)

be

(b)

do

(c)

have

11.

(a)

to

(b)

with

(c)

for

12

(a)

protects

(b)

protection

(c)

protect


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

lavSree hundred protestors

2.

They ohtfgu with police

3.

threw stones and petrol msbob

4.

break up the agngs

5.

sncei 2001

6.

seafr of violence

 

Paragraph 2

7.

right-wing upsorg

8.

family vulsae

9.

hooligan agnsg

10.

One of those angtki part

11.

It is a mehsa

12.

thousands of cops ocptrte me


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

Belgrade. They fought with police in the streets and threw stones and petrol bombs. They also set

(    )

Jelana Trivan said the violence had nothing to do with moral values. She said: "These are hooligan

(    )

fire to a garage, which is part of the ruling Democratic Party headquarters. The police used tear

(    )

On Saturday, right-wing groups marched in the streets in protest at the Gay Pride march. They say that

(    )

gangs which must be punished severely". One of those taking part in the Gay Pride rally said: “It is a shame

(    )

gas to fight back and break up the gangs. More than 50 people, mostly policemen, were injured. This was the first

(    )

Gay Pride parade in the city since 2001. A march was planned last year but was cancelled because of fears of violence.

(    )

for me to march, to stand for what I am, and to have thousands of cops protect me.”

(    )

homosexuality goes against Serbian religious and family values. Democratic Party spokeswoman

1  )

Several hundred protestors in Serbia have tried to stop the Gay Pride parade in the country’s capital,


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

Several      hundred      protestors      in      Serbia.

2.

They      fought      with      police      in      the      streets.

3.

They      also      set      fire      to      a      garage.

4.

The      police      used      tear      gas      to      fight      back.

5.

Cancelled      because      of      fears      of      violence.

6.

Groups      marched      in      the      streets      in      protest.

7.

Goes      against      Serbian      religious      and      family      values.

8.

Nothing      to      do      with      moral      values.

9.

One      of      those      taking      part.

10.

Have      thousands      of      cops      protect      me.


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about riots for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. RIOTS: Search the Internet and find more information about the riots in Serbia. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the riots. Include imaginary interviews with people who were there. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to Serbia’s leader. Ask him/her three questions about the riots. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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