Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Do I buy this?

Part of me is a little skeptical.

Clarín has a story on a protest that was taking place near a school. The parents were demanding a stoplight because too many drivers speed through there, some of them going the wrong way on the street.

So far so good. This part I definitely believe.

But there was a camera crew there to cover the protest. And what did they capture on film? A little girl almost getting run over DURING the protest!

Part of it looks real, but there's also a little bit of a surreal quality to it. Of course, you could say the same about a lot of things here. It doesn't make them less real.

There's some coarse language in the video clip as the parents chew out the driver, whose only answer seems to be, "I made a mistake."

You don't need to understand Spanish to appreciate the footage of the close call, which is about 30 seconds in.

The kid's OK.

P.S. If you want to get language geeky, you can pause to appreciate the broadcaster's Buenos Aires accent in the first 20 seconds or so, with the lingering "a" in "contramano" and "semáforos."

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