Protests in Costa Rica

Published: 8.25.2018
Level 4   |   Time: 2:06
Accent: American
VOA (8.21.2018)

Protests in Costa Rica Turn Violent over Nicarguan Immigrants


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  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • confirms [v] - to say something is true
  • at least [exp] - this number or higher
  • applied for [exp] - registered and hoping to get
  • asylum [n] - safety in a new place
  • economic [adj] - related to money
  • resources [n] - things to help you
  • organization [n] - group
  • taken on [exp] - accept responsibility
  • task [n] - job
  • easing [v] - making something easier
  • burden [n] - load, difficulty
  • solidarity [n] - joining together in support
  • in support of [exp] - to encourage
  • opened their arms [exp] - offered to help, received
  • migrants [n] - people moving to a new country
  • protests [n] - organized groups to show disagreement
  • flared up [v] - small mini-explosions
  • demonstrations [n] - protests
  • rejected [v] - did not accept
  • ensured [v] - make people feel confident
  • wounded [adj] - hurt
  • at risk [exp] - in a dangerous position
  • persecuted [adj] - people being attacked
  • vulnerability [n] - position with no strength
  • convinced [adj] - persuaded 0 0

triangle Questions

  1. 23,000 Nicaraguans have…
    moved to Nicaragua.
    asked to leave Nicaragua.
    asked to be protected by Costa Rica.
    asked to leave Costa Rica.

  2. Which statements are true?
    Many arrived with nothing.
    Some arrived without clothes.
    Some arrived without money.
    Some arrived without water.

  3. What are the other things they don't have?
    places to sleep

  4. What is SOS Nicaragua doing?
    giving tasks to the new arrivals.
    taking the new arrivals to their homes.
    making life easier for the new arrivals.
    giving citizenship to the new arrivals.

  5. Why are Nicaraguans going to Costa Rica?
    There is no president.
    There is no food.
    There is no healthcare.
    Violence from the President

  6. Why are there protests in Costa Rica?
    They don't want Nicaraguans in their country.
    They don't like the Nicaraguan President.
    They don't like the Costa Rican President.
    They feel disrespected.

  7. What does the Costa Rican President think about the situation?
    He agrees with the protestors.
    He disagrees with the violence of the protestors.
    He plans to stop accepting Nicaraguans.
    He believes the Nicaraguans are in danger.

  8. What is going to happen this week?
    more immigration
    more protests
    more violence
    peace in Nicaragua

  9. Who is Rosario Murio?
    the president of Nicaragua
    the president of Costa Rica
    the wife of the Nicaraguan president
    the wife of the Costa Rican president

  10. Who is apart of SOS Nicaragua?
    Costa Ricans in Costa Rica
    Nicaraguans in Costa Rica
    Nicaraguans in Nicaragua
    Costa Ricans in Nicaragua

triangle Discussion

  1. Do you believe countries are obligated to provide asylum for persecuted people?
  2. Do you know any organizations that try to ease the burden of vulnerable people?
  3. What can be done to ensure the safety of people at risk in these countries?

triangle Script

Some of them arrived without clothes and money. They don't have family or friends where they can sleep at night or economic resources to help them.

Organizations like SOS Nicaragua have taken on the task of easing the burden of their fellow citizens who arrived in Costa Rica.

This an event of solidarity with the people of Nicaragua. Different groups of Costa Rican artists are performing in support of Nicaraguans who are asking for asylum.

SOS Nicaragua also provides food.

Please help us. We're living in violence because of President Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murio. But not all Costa Ricans have opened their arms to the Nicaraguan migrants. Protests in the Central American capital flared up this weekend.

I can't go to Nicaragua and stay in a park and say “this is my Park.” We deserve respect. Respect.

Some of the demonstrations turned violent. During the speech, Costa Rican president Carlos Alvarado rejected the violence and ensured the country that his nation will continue to receive Nicaraguans.

Today we are receiving people in our country - some are wounded or at risk; others are persecuted and because of their vulnerability, they seek refuge in our country. But not everyone is convinced: a group that opposes the arrival of more Nicaraguan migrants has scheduled another protest this week.