Reading skill for CBSE Class 10
Read the following paragraphs and answer the questions that follow.
The protesters of Hong Kong and Moscow aren’t backing down. In two world cities, a defiant brand of people power is standing tall against authoritarian rule.
For the fifth consecutive weekend, protesters massed in Moscow, clamoring for opposition candidates to be allowed on the ballot for municipal elections next month — as well as for the release of hundreds of demonstrators, activists and opposition politicians detained by authorities in the previous weeks.
For the tenth consecutive weekend, protesters took to the streets in Hong Kong, dodging tear gas fired by security forces. Earlier this summer, Hong Kong’s protest movement succeeded in stalling a controversial extradition bill that the demonstrators feared would place Asia’s financial hub further under the thumb of China’s single-party state. But their fervor didn’t dim. They are defending political freedoms they think are under threat and demanding broader democratic reforms. They also want the resignation of the city’s leader, Carrie Lam — seen by critics as a pro-Beijing cipher — as well as the release of dissidents seized during the unrest.
In both cases, the protesters have faced a stiff and, at times, brutal response from the proxies of the regimes they are protesting. Each week this past month, videos filtered out on social media of Russian police battering unarmed and peaceful demonstrators with truncheons — no matter the scenes being ignored on Russian state television.
On Sunday in various parts of Hong Kong, riot police violently charged protesters and fired rounds of tear gas in subway stations and other densely packed areas of the city; there were reports of at least nine injuries, including one man in serious condition. It’s not just the riot police who have been heavy-handed with the protesters — in one notable instance, a mob of pro-Beijing vigilantes, allegedly linked to organized crime, attacked a pocket of pro-democracy protesters while the police did little to intervene. Hong Kong officials have branded the protesters as violent rioters disturbing the peace.
But the crackdowns have only helped mobilize greater dissent. Saturday in Moscow saw the biggest anti-government turnout yet this summer, with an estimated crowd of close to 50,000 people. Though the protests remain largely centered in the Russian capital — and drawn from the same urban, middle-class base that fueled huge demonstrations in 2012 — they come at a time of mounting economic woes. [Source: Washington Post-Today’s Worldview]
Short questions of one mark each…
1. Which are the two cities affected by public protests?
2. For how many days the Moscow protests have continued?
3. For how many days, the Hong Kong protests have continued?
4. How the news of the Moscow protests coming out to world attention?
5. What has been the response of the Moscow protesters to the police action?
6. Do the Hong Kong police engage non-police men to break the protests? What do these people do?
7. What was the size of the biggest protests in Moscow in terms of participants’ numbers?
8. How the authorities in Hong Kong branded the protesters?
Four mark questions …..
1. Why are people in Moscow protesting?
2. Why are the people og Hong Kong protesting? Had their earlir protests succeeded?
3. How the authorities in Moscow dealt with the protests so far?
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