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  • 2019.1.18
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Gabon government thwarts coup attempt as 2 plotters killed, others arrested

ガボンでクーデター未遂、2名死亡

In this video grab made on a video footage obtained on YouTube on Jan. 7, Gabon soldiers on state radio called on the people to “rise up.”© AFP-JIJI / YOUTUBE

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Gabon’s government thwarted an attempted military coup on Jan. 7, retaining control of the oil-rich nation on the west coast of Central Africa after two plotters were killed and other army officers were arrested, the government said.

Authorities regained control of state broadcasting offices and a major thoroughfare in the capital, Libreville, which were the only areas taken over by the officers, government spokesman Guy-Bertrand Mapangou told Radio France International.

He said five army officers who took over state radio were arrested. Two other coup plotters were killed when security forces took over and freed some hostages, according to a presidential statement reported by RFI.

Earlier on Jan. 7, a man who called himself Lt. Obiang Ondo Kelly, commander of the Republican Guard, read a statement saying the military had seized control of the government in order to “restore democracy.” He was flanked by two other soldiers holding weapons; all were dressed in camouflage uniforms and green berets. (AP)

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thwart
(動)阻止する、妨害する
(形)横切った、横たわった
◆thwart a plan(計画の実現を阻む)
☞We did everything we could to thwart the other team from scoring a goal.
(私たちは相手チームがゴールを決めるのを阻止するために全力を尽くした)

plotter
(名)陰謀者、策士
◆ There were several plotters on trial for their plans against the king.
(王に策略を企んだ罪で公判中の陰謀者が何人かいた)
☞plot(名)策略、筋 (動)企む、構想を練る

regain
(動)~を取り戻す、~に復帰する
◆ Ben did everything he could to regain the trust of his manager.
(ベンはマネージャーの信頼を取り戻すために全力を尽くした)
☞gain(動)~を得る、達成する、増加する

thoroughfare
(名)大通り、幹線道
◆main thoroughfare(大通り)
◆ Our new office is located just off the thoroughfare by the shopping mall.
(私たちの新しいオフィスは、ショッピングモールのすぐそばにある)

arrest
(動)~を逮捕する、引き止める、阻む
(名)逮捕、拘留、停止
◆arrest a terror suspect(テロの容疑者を逮捕する)
◆ The person responsible for painting graffiti all over town is facing arrest if they’re caught.
(街中いたるところに落書きを描いた責任者は、捕まると逮捕される)

free
(動)~を自由にする、解放する
(形)捕らわれていない、自由の、無料の
(副)自由に、ただで
◆free the hostage(人質を解放する)
◆ Please feel free to ask any questions.
(気軽に質問してください)

commander
(名)司令官、指揮官
◆ Greg was finally promoted to team commander after being in the military for half of his life.
(グレッグは人生の半分を軍隊で過ごした後、ついにチーム司令官に昇進した)
☞command(動)命令する、指揮する (名)命令、指令

flank
(動)側面に立つ、側面に位置する
(名)側面、横腹
◆be flanked by(両脇を守られる)
◆The foreign diplomat always has security flanked around her.
(外交官は常に身の周りに警備員を置いている)

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Listening Comprehension Check

Q1. What did Gabon's government thwart on January 7?

  • A) An attempted military coup.
  • B) An attempted surprise party.
  • C) A successful charity event.

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正解は、A
An attempted military coup.

Vocabulary Review Quiz

Q1. Gabon’s government ( ① ) an attempted military coup on Jan. 7, retaining control of the oil-rich nation on the west coast of Central Africa after two ( ② ) were killed and other army officers were arrested, the government said.

  • A) thought
  • B) thwarted
  • C) thawed

    • D) plotters
    • E) planters
    • F) planners

    正解を見る

    ①の正解は、B
    thwarted

    ②の正解は、D
    plotters

    Q2. Authorities ( ① ) control of state broadcasting offices and a major ( ② ) in the capital, Libreville, which were the only areas taken over by the officers, government spokesman Guy-Bertrand Mapangou told Radio France International.

    • A) regained
    • B) rebound
    • C) refrained

      • D) thoroughbred
      • E) thoroughly
      • F) thoroughfare

      正解を見る

      ①の正解は、A
      regained

      ②の正解は、F
      thoroughfare

      Q3. He said five army officers who took over state radio were ( ) .

      • A) avoided
      • B) arrested
      • C) around

      正解を見る

      正解は、B
      arrested

      Q4. Two other coup plotters were killed when security forces took over and ( ) some hostages, according to a presidential statement reported by RFI.

      • A) fed
      • B) fried
      • C) freed

      正解を見る

      正解は、C
      freed

      Q5. Earlier on Jan. 7, a man who called himself Lt. Obiang Ondo Kelly, ( ) of the Republican Guard, read a statement saying the military had seized control of the government in order to “restore democracy.”

      • A) commander
      • B) controller
      • C) contraband

      正解を見る

      正解は、A
      commander

      Q6. He was ( ) by two other soldiers holding weapons; all were dressed in camouflage uniforms and green berets.

      • A) flown
      • B) flayed
      • C) flanked

      正解を見る

      正解は、C
      flanked

      Speaking practice

      Q1. Do you think protests are a good way to communicate with the government to express an opinion? Why or why not? Please explain. ※この問題に解答はありません

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