Blo­wing up

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Giant bal­loons seem to have be­come the new way to pro­test in the UK. A couple of months ago, for Do­nald Trump’s first vi­sit to the coun­try, a giant ba­by Trump bal­loon flew over Par­lia­ment Square in Westminster, Lon­don. And at the be­gin­ning of Sep­tem­ber, it was a giant bal­loon de­pic­ting Lon­don mayor Sa­diq Khan in a yellow bi­ki­ni that took flight over Par­lia­ment Square. The nine-metre bal­loon was laun­ched by cam­pai­gners to pro­test Lon­don’s ri­sing crime rate and the al­le­ged in­abi­li­ty of the mayor to ta­ckle this is­sue, and to check “if free speech ap­plies to all”. Sa­diq Khan’s ans­wer was not wi­thout hu­mour: “If people want to spend their Sa­tur­day loo­king at me in a yellow bi­ki­ni, they’re welcome to do so. I don’t real­ly think yellow’s my co­lor though.” to blow, blew, blown up ex­plo­ser / Par­lia­ment Square place si­tuée de­vant le pa­lais du Par­le­ment / to de­pict re­pré­sen­ter / to take, took, ta­ken flight s’en­vo­ler / cam­pai­gner mi­li­tant / crime rate taux de cri­mi­na­li­té / al­le­ged sup­po­sé, pré­su­mé / to ta­ckle ici, com­battre / to check vé­ri­fier / free speech li­ber­té d’ex­pres­sion / to ap­ply to s’ap­pli­quer à.

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