[General] explanation of another ambiguous sentence

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vil

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Dear teachers,

Would you be kind enough to tell me the proper interpretation of the phrase “staged a sit-down” in the following sentence that is a little ambiguous for my me?

About a dozen Civil Rights demonstrators staged a sit-down in one of the main corridors of a governmental office today.

I know the meaning of the term “sit-down strike”:

sit-down strike = a strike in which workers refuse to leave the workplace until a settlement is reached

In my opinion, the demonstrators in the present case aren’t generally speaking workers or government officials.

Thank you for your efforts.

Regards,

V.
 

emsr2d2

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Dear teachers,

Would you be kind enough to tell me the proper interpretation of the phrase “staged a sit-down” in the following sentence that is a little ambiguous for my me?

About a dozen Civil Rights demonstrators staged a sit-down in one of the main corridors of a governmental office today.

I know the meaning of the term “sit-down strike”:

sit-down strike = a strike in which workers refuse to leave the workplace until a settlement is reached

In my opinion, the demonstrators in the present case aren’t generally speaking workers or government officials.

Thank you for your efforts.

Regards,

V.

Anyone can "stage a sit-down" if they are demonstrating or protesting against/about something. A group of people get together, usually in a very public place, and simply sit down on the ground to make a point. It's a peaceful way of demonstrating.
 
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