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The people of the Brussels will have to mind their manners from now on, with the city authorities announcing new fines of up to 250 euros for insults traded on the streets.

布魯塞爾的居民今後須注意自己的禮貌了,因為市府當局宣布了一項新措施,要對在街頭上辱罵人者處以最高250歐元的罰款。

"Any form of insult is from now on punishable, whether it be racist, homophobic or otherwise," a spokesman quoted Socialist mayor Freddy Thielemans as saying.

一名發言人引述社會黨市長弗雷迪.蒂勒曼斯的話說,「任何形式的辱罵從今起都將受到懲罰,不管是種族主義言論、歧視同性戀者的言論,還是別的。」

Brussels, home to the EU and many top international institutions, is known for its family-friendly and cultivated lifestyle but the mayor wants to crack down on the everyday unpleasantness found in any big city.

布魯塞爾是歐盟總部和很多重要國際機構的所在地,以有利於家庭和有教養的生活方式而著稱,但市長想以此取締這種凡在各大城市每天都會出現的不快之事。

To do so, officials came to an agreement with judicial authorities to impose fines of between 75 and 250 euros for insults, petty theft and rough jostling where no physical harm is caused.

為此,官員和司法當局達成協議,對辱罵、輕微竊盜案以及沒有造成身體傷害的粗魯推撞,處以75歐元到250歐元的罰款。

The issue was highlighted in a recent film by Belgian director Sofie Peeters who recorded in secret the everyday insults and exchanges she ran into on the streets of the city.

布魯塞爾是歐盟總部和很多重要國際機構的所在地,以有利於家庭和有教養的生活方式而著稱,但市長想以此取締這種凡在各大城市每天都會出現的不快之事。

To do so, officials came to an agreement with judicial authorities to impose fines of between 75 and 250 euros for insults, petty theft and rough jostling where no physical harm is caused.

為此,官員和司法當局達成協議,對辱罵、輕微竊盜案以及沒有造成身體傷害的粗魯推撞,處以75歐元到250歐元的罰款。

The issue was highlighted in a recent film by Belgian director Sofie Peeters who recorded in secret the everyday insults and exchanges she ran into on the streets of the city.

比利時導演蘇菲.佩德絲最近拍攝的一部影片凸顯了這個議題。她暗中拍攝了自己在該市街道上遭遇到的辱罵和口角。

新聞辭典

crack down on:鎮壓、採取嚴厲措施。The Federal Government is considering a crack down on the tax evasion.(聯邦政府正考慮取締逃稅。)

run into:片語,遇到;撞上;(使)陷入(困境、債務等)。例句:Never run into debt. (千萬不要陷入負債中。)

exchange:名詞,交換;交火;交談(常指口角、爭吵)。例句:There’ve been some bitter exchanges between the two groups.(兩團體之間發生過激烈的爭吵。)

 

 

 

文章出處:自由時報電子報中英對照新聞

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