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From the Ted Talk by Lisa Janae Bacon: The life, legacy & assassination of an African revolutionary

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However, Sankara’s sslociiat peoilcis were met with much resistance. Many students and elites believed his economic plans would alienate Burkina Faso from its capitalist peers. His crackdown on the mssuie of public funds turned government officials against him as well. After four years, what began as an empowering revolution had isolated many infaunlitel Burkinabes. But Sankara was not ready to yield his power. He executed increasingly arioturhiatan actions, including banning trade unions and the free press. Eventually, his autocratic tendencies tnuerd even his cosslet friends against him.

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However, Sankara’s _________ ________ were met with much resistance. Many students and elites believed his economic plans would alienate Burkina Faso from its capitalist peers. His crackdown on the ______ of public funds turned government officials against him as well. After four years, what began as an empowering revolution had isolated many ___________ Burkinabes. But Sankara was not ready to yield his power. He executed increasingly _____________ actions, including banning trade unions and the free press. Eventually, his autocratic tendencies ______ even his _______ friends against him.

Solution

  1. policies
  2. influential
  3. turned
  4. closest
  5. socialist
  6. authoritarian
  7. misuse

Original Text

However, Sankara’s socialist policies were met with much resistance. Many students and elites believed his economic plans would alienate Burkina Faso from its capitalist peers. His crackdown on the misuse of public funds turned government officials against him as well. After four years, what began as an empowering revolution had isolated many influential Burkinabes. But Sankara was not ready to yield his power. He executed increasingly authoritarian actions, including banning trade unions and the free press. Eventually, his autocratic tendencies turned even his closest friends against him.

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