Changing of the Guard Msmaku Asrat

September 19th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

It has been announced that Haile Mariam Desalegn has been chosen to be the Chairman of the TPLF dominated EPRDF and Demeke Mekonnen as Deputy Chairman. According to Communications Minister Bereket Simon they have been effectively chosen to become Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. He said that the Old Guard of Freedom Fighters have passed the baton to the new guard who had not participated in the liberation movement which has defeated the Derg and run the country for the last 21 years.

It is on the face of it a most welcome development. How could the Ethiopian people forget the Derg – those most heinous of criminals, those who drenched Ethiopia in rivers of blood, those trigger happy hooligans who run the most primitive, the most uneducated and, at that time, the most criminal government on the face of the Earth – only to be equaled or rivaled by those criminals of Cambodia who called themselves the Khmer Rouge. The Ethiopian people are eternally grateful for the Tigrean freedom fighters for the singular act of driving the Derg and its attendant criminals from power. But unfortunately the gratefulness ends there and then.

What followed was the pillage of the State as war booty by the Tigrean and their Eritrean overlord “freedom fighters” unprecedented in any time of Ethiopian history of the past. The Woyane became hungry vultures who devoured everything and cheerily declared that they deserve it. Until they were ‘driven out’ OFICIALLY by excessive greed, the Eritreans declared that Eritrea is for Eritreans but Ethiopia is for Eritreans and Tigreans. Later the Eritreans returned through the back door opened for them by the late dictator and tyrant Meles Zenawi. The TPLF leadership, supported by the entire Tigrean people and 100% of the Tigrean elite embarked on a two decade pillage of Ethiopia by owning and controlling the commanding heights of the economy. Their guru and intellectual ideologue Sebhat Nega (and a stooge of Isayas) declared that EFFORT, a conglomerate established by pillaging the resources of the Ethiopian people, is for the benefit of the Tigrean people ONLY. Period. The sole benefactors of EFFORT, the Tigrean people, cheered and the Tigrean elite in particular showered him with admiration, Meles went on to say that the Amara, and particularly the Shewan Amara, need to be subjugated and destroyed. And no Tigrean except Getachew Reda and later Gebre medhin Araya objected. A shame for the Tigrean elite which will be recorded for posterity. No brow beating or revisionist history after this!!

We may ask “has the guard really changed?” The old Ethiopian wisdom says let your suspicions thrive. ያልጠረጠረ ተመነጠረ (he who is not suspicious; will be weeded out) There is this proverbial story of a country folk who had a knock on his door and he comes out. A person asks for Ato X and said he had come to visit him. The country folk answers “Ato X is not at home. May I take a message” The person answers “I am his second cousin, son of so-and-so, I am passing by and came to visit” The gentlefolk says “wait a minute here” he then goes back into the house after realizing that the person is indeed his relative. Then he goes out again and enthusiastically kisses both cheeks of the bewildered visitor and says “I am Ato X, welcome. Please do come in my relative.” This is the way it goes. Now coming back to Ato Desalegn and Ato Demeke one is tempted to ask “is it for real that the Tigrean oligarchy had willingly surrendered its absolute power – a power which has corrupted it absolutely for over two decades – and surrendering its power to a Wolayta and worse still to the hated Amara. How can we be sure that these two are not Trojan Horses or marionettes to be manipulated from behind. The Tigreans own the whole country and had pillaged the wealth and had billions stashed in foreign banks from Malaysia to Bangkok, Singapore to Hong Kong, from Swiss to Canadian and European banks as well as the US. It is said that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. We would find out soon.

Would Hailemariam be able to persuade the West to return the pillaged wealth of the Ethiopian people? Or would he even dare to ask? If, as it is being speculated, it was the gentle pressure of the West which put him in his position in the first place, then he can certainly push forward. Could he be able to reverse the recent appointments of Tigrean Generals in the army which has been done without his consent? Could he be able to appoint other generals from other ethnic groups in order to make the Army an Ethiopian army and not merely a Tigrean army? Would he even go further and retire hundreds of Tigrean Generals and put their overall number from the current 99% to less than 51% in the immediate future? After all Tigreans constitute only 6% of the population.

Hailemariam should free ALL political prisoners who are again 99% non-Tigrean. He should open political space so that people can express their political feelings freely without embarking to armed conflict. Let ideas and arguments stand ‘on the strength of the better argument’. Let him assert the independence of the judiciary and the supremacy of the Rule of Law. In this regard let him issue an immediate order to reverse the decision of Meles to release the barbaric Derg Members, who had been released amongst of the cowed – down, brow beaten and sheepish Ethiopian populace who had been suppressed for four decades and could do nothing. These Derg mass murderers need to be returned to prison to finish life in prison – a merciful decision where they will not face the firing squad! Above all he should ask the brutal tyrant Mengistu Hailemariam to be sent to the International Court. It is said that people who forget the past has no future. We should learn from the gallant people of Israel and Armenia. Only justice will push us forward. Everything else will be a sham.

The death of Meles and the mass hysteria that followed it is an aberration which would be in the history books as other mass hysterias of the past: (Mumbai sweet water-2006; Tanganyika laughter epidemic-1962; Hindu milk miracle-1995; bug epidemic-US-1962; soap opera hysteria-2006; penis epidemic-1967; the dancing plague, the mewing nuns, and finally the one that is that most similar to Ethiopia, the hysterical grief for the “Great Leader” of North Korea. Ethiopians should not be surprised by the high delegation of the US (the highest from the West) nor by the accolades Susan Rice heaped on Meles. We, however, must be incensed, by her affirming the designation of Meles to those who oppose him as idiots and fools, and she throws this bold and insensitive insult to our faces and in our citadel. Ethiopia –Americans need to protest vigorously about this. We must point out to the US Administration that American Exceptionalisn and the insensitive bravado accompanying it has brought anti-American havoc throughout the world- from the Far East to the Middle East to Africa.

Supporting dictatorships that terrorize their people will inevitably breed an undying hatred to America. We see this flaring up from time and even places where the US expects it least. We should be able to speak Truth to Power and remind America that it was one of the five countries which stood by the side of the Ethiopian people and did not recognize the occupation of Ethiopia by the Fascist forces of Mussolini. We must remind America that had it not been for Imperial Ethiopia refusing to undergo land reform; the US was determined to make Ethiopia the bread basket of the region and Africa, by establishing land-grant agricultural schools in every awraja if possible and introduce the Green Revolution and rid Ethiopia of food shortages forever. If their wise council had been listened to the name Ethiopia would have never been associated with famine hunger and pestilence which has become our adjective to this very day.

We must also remind the foolish Billionaire Bill Gates to stick to what he knows best, and not lecture us by boldly declaring and even lecturing saying that Ethiopia has the best medical system in Africa. He says this ignorant of the fact that Ethiopians in their millions are being infected by malaria, when TB is epidemic is rampant when even almost every Ethiopian immigrant coming to Ethiopia is afflicted by the disease, where HIV is not contained and where millions have parasitic diseases because of contaminated food and water. Bill Gates is the perfect example of what is fundamentally wrong with lassie-faire Capitalism. What is the logic for him to become a multi-billionaire and others not having even a fraction of one percent that he has. Is his knowledge that unassailable? Who decides that?

The era of dictators is rapidly coming to a close in this 21st Century and Ethiopia would certainly be among them. It is unsustainable for 5 million people to dominate 85 million others for a long time and two decades is certainly more than enough. The pendulum has to and will swing back. Tribalism as promoted by TPLF will die and multi ethnic Ethiopianism will flourish. The hideous ethnic enclave called “kilil” will be demolished and once again Ethiopians will live together in harmony any one would have the freedom of movement to work and live where ever he or she chooses. The millennium plus past history of Ethiopia will attest to that. Individual right will triumph over group rights. Since the demise of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974, Hailemariam is the first Ethiopian leader who has a religion. That is a most welcome development as Ethiopians believe that God is the arbiter of all things. This belief in God of Hailemariam will be severely tested now. If he prefers to be Godless like his predecessors it would be better for him to resign now. However, if, as he has continuously declared his faith and his commitment to Christian morality, he walks along that path we say to him Godspeed ahead.

  1. Dawi
    | #1

    [[.. Sebhat Nega (and a stooge of Isayas) declared that EFFORT... is for the benefit of the Tigrean people ONLY. Period.....]]

    You added the “ONLY” word. Be that as it may, doesn’t the “T” stand for the name Tigrai? Where was Sebhat wrong then?

    The sensible suggestion on this subject is Dr. Menga’s where he said such kind of NGO’s should sale shares to the general public and be publicly owned and become accountable. In my opinion that may even make the present stake holders richer.

    [[..Meles went on to say that the Amara, and particularly the Shewan Amara, need to be subjugated and destroyed...]]

    Can you give us a reference on when/where he said the above?

    [[..The millennium plus past history of Ethiopia will attest to that. ..]]

    Would attest to being civilized at one time and we had the fundamentals of being a great nation while the Europeans were living in caves. Unfortunately we have failed and is now necessary to work towards our Renaissance. How do we get there is what Meles pondered on. What is your alternative.

    [[..Hailemariam should free ALL political prisoners who are again 99% non-Tigrean...order to reverse the decision of Meles to release the barbaric Derg Members..]]

    The second part is a revenge attitude to the max.

    [[..We must remind America that had it not been for Imperial Ethiopia refusing to undergo land reform; the US was determined to make Ethiopia the bread basket of the region and Africa..]]

    Can you show an African country where a similar development took place?

    Let alone on your dreams “bread basket” development grand illusion, sanctions on Aparthied South Africa was only supported/indorsed by the US at the last minute. That is the history.

    When you insulted the Emperor, you may as well say if it was not for my own fault the US would have spoon fed me. How low can one get?

  2. arusi
    | #2

    If we ethiopian get peace no one go hungery,
    no one leave his country,
    for humiliation,
    even the eritreans enjoy living in ethiopia,not the amech whom supporting for independent eritrea but that was not the reality,
    when amche women arrived in Asmara isayas publicly sayed these women spreading shermutena,
    the same thing said by late kenyan president MOI,to our womens,in kenya

    Now when things get better and i see people driving nice car living in a better appartement and seeing big building in addis ababa it makes me feel ah God watching us and make me feel happy ,i now there are so many go hungery but thats some thing to do with poletical arrengement.

    let the ethiopians come home and feed those in need when one diaspora comes he can make a difference to atleast 100 people if you multiply that it will make a big chain of helping one another.
    let put asaide the investement they gone creat.

    my hope will be diaspora from all walk of life to come and work with the new goverment.

    that will be a miracle to happen ,

  3. wnaw
    | #3

    The problem lies not only Eritreans through TPLf are taking advantage of Ethiopia but also those pro ethnic and now recently pro muslim groups encouraged by tPLF to rise up. Let us not forget who is on top core of the TPLF they are pro Eritreans or Eritrean descendants. Without Tigreans, Eritreans will not be able to control the country. It is their policy for pillaging Ethiopia to make her weak against Eritrea. Of course They must use and give opportunity to Tigreans so that they get support from them as well, to put the face of Tigreans infront so that Ethiopians blame Tigrayans and not Eritreans. Indeed it is working. Most opponents talk about Weyane this, Tigre this, etc. Why Tigreans did this, if you see their hisotry of collaboration with Eritreans, they were obviously brainwashed to become against Ethiopia. In fact, if we see since the annexation of Eritrea into Ethipia by Haileselassie, Eritreans have the most opportunity more than anyone in Ethiopia especially Tigryans which was a great mistake by Haile Selassie giving more advantage to Eritreans than other Ethiopians. There has not been a situation where Eritreans within Ethiopia that have been biased nor a moment where they have not benefited out of Ethiopia, ever. Except their own TPLF are the ones who kicked them out of Ethiopia, in reality it is right if they have voted not to be part of Ethiopia, itis common sense. Today they are back again economically benefiting while Ethiopians are being kicked out of Ethiopia to be slaves for Arabs and dying in seas, being mistreated imprisoned in foreign countries rather than seen as refugees. Why is this acceptable? Why are Ethiopians more pro Eritreans? TPLF in the top core are not Tigrayans but pro Eritreans or descendants. The removing of Meles is a sign that the only connection to Ethiopia was his wife as Welkayit. As of now there are no full Ethiopians leading Ethiopia. Where are the Tigrayans such as Seyoum Mesfin, etc. don’t get me wrong, I am not Tigrayans and I am not saying the Tigrayans have been good. But what no one seems to understand is that the core the policy is controlled by Eritrean descendants even if Tigryaans are part of it, the core functions only for the purpose of Eritrea, what ever that purpose maybe. What is happening right now is there will be a second phase of dictatorship coming, while Tigryans are still in TPLF power, by putting non Eritrean or Tigryans such as Hailemariam and Demeke, etc, this allows them to continue to do what they have been doing without being implicated and they blame will go to Hailemariam and Demeke so that Ethiopians should blame the Ethiopians themselves not Tigrayns or Eritreans. In addition, if you look at the bakcgrounds of these new comers, it is obvious why they were chosen because one way or another they are associated with Eritrea. No wonder people like Elias Kifle from ER acting pro Eritrea over Ethiopia. Hailemariam’s wife is Eritrean. The president Girma Woldegiorigis’ wife was Eritrea and his children are in the nototrious EPRP. So one wonders why these PSeudo Ethiopians are elected because their loylty lies with Eritrea. My quesiton is then, per Sofia Teklemariam of Eritrea have said, they want to remain as good neighbors with Ethiopia. What she won’t tell you per her ESAT interview by the weak interviewer is that, why TPLF is there in the first place that serves for the purpose of Eritrea? I understand where they come from and their fear if Ethiopia is united, they will come after Eritrea. Indeed there is chance. So people like Sofia doesn’t tell you that TPLF is there to keep Ethiopia off Eritrea this means including Assab. She and Issayas have said on interviews that they will rent out Assab to Ethiopia but not give it away. So Ethiopians must decide in order to get rid of TPLF on our backs, to decide what they clearly want from Eritrea. Indeed Assab seems to be the main thing. However Eritrea is asserting itself that it will not give a flinch to Ethiopia. So give up Assab and form peace with Eritrea so that Eritrean groups will not have a reason to control Ethiopia. By the way, wht they will not tell you is that they still want the economic benefit from Ethiopia at the same time not giving up Assab. Basically they still are the winners in Ethiopia right now. If they are still the winners then they will go to greath length to use Ethiopia as much as possible and finally disintegrate it. There is currently a talk with Afar, ONLF and OLF. Even if these groups do no longer want to separate they will be forced to because Eritreans could and most probably get support from rich countries to disintegrate it like Sudan and Somalia for natural resources. For sure Britain want Ogaden that is why it is very much in talks with ONLF. Afar is holding talks in Belgium. OLF holding talks in Eritrea? So to bring enemies like Sofia on ESAT telling us of course we will open the door for enemies of Ethiopia is telling you yes for disintegration. The weak interviewer on ESAT just put down Ethiopia 6 feet under. So Ethiopians must decide the demise of Ethiopia or do something about Eritrea (not saying war but doe something against TPLF which is Eritrea but many believe it is Tigrayns) Tigrayans are indeed Weyanes are farmers who got the economic benefit now but they don’t know the risk involved. So TPLF, Eritreans know this that is why they put most Tigryans from rural area in higher postiion to made the advancement slow. Indeed impoverished peopel who now have advantage will take it without knowing the consequences. It is the same thing , if you put any group from Oromia, Amara region, etc. It is these people who are believing TPLF is good because they were put on pedestal without their qualificaltion. For TPLF the benefit is two fold: one, they will get support from rurual areas who are the majority, two this will hide the faces of who is who (Eritreans) in the TPLf and transfer the blame to those poor rurual people who are now getting economic advantage. As these rurual do not have a sense of Ethiopia as a whole, and diversity just like rurual Oromia, rurual Souther People, rural Amara etc, they only see the benefit of their own. That is why TPLF put most incompetent people in power to run offices and that is why Ethiopia is regressing which is the goal of weakening Ethiopia in every instituitons. Now post war will slowly push Tigryans who benefited away and bring in Eritreans. The Eritreans in every economy and policits will lead to Eritrea will be secure for a long time economically, politically. soon just like it was before 1998 war, Eritrea will be coffee exporters. This is one of the fight by the way. Sofia’s of Eritrea won’t tell you this but the piece of land Badme. No, it is about using Ethiopia for economy. Perhaps their dream of Singapore can be accomplished soon.

  4. Zerayakob Yared
    | #4

    „It is their policy for pillaging Ethiopia to make her weak against Eritrea.
    to put the face of Tigreans infront so that Ethiopians blame Tigrayans and not Eritreans.
    Where are the Tigrayans such as Seyoum Mesfin, etc.” እንዲሁም/ እንዲሁም:: ha..ha!!.Ki Ki Ki !!

    “በሽታውን የደበቀ መድሃኒት አይገኝለትም“ ከሚለው አባባ አንፃር ተነስተን, ያሉብንን ህብረተሰባዊና ፖለቲካዊ ችግሮችን በአለም ፊት ከመወያየት መቆጠብ የለብንም:: ግን ደግሞ ዘረኞች ሆነን እንዳናርፈውም መጠንቀቅ አለብን:: ምክኒያቱም የሰው ልጅ ዛሬ የዘራውን ነውና ነገ የሚያመርተው:: ከዚህ አንፃር በመነሳት ብቻ, ምንም እንኳን ነጥብ በነጥብ ባይሆንም, ግን ባጠቃላይ በሰጠኸው አስተያያት ላይ የሚመስለኝን እሰነዝር ዘንዳ ፈቃድህ ይሁን::

    የጣልያን ኮሎኒ በኤርትራ ውስጥ ለረጂም ጊዜ ከመቆየት ጋራ ተያይዞ በደረሰው የማንነትና ምንነት መመሰቃቀል ጋራም, በሆነ አይነት ከፍተኛ Inferiority complex ተተብትበው ለትግራይም ሆነ ለጠቅላላው ኢትዮጵያ, እንዲሁም ለኤርትራም, ምንም አስተዋፅኦ ያለው ተግባረ-ልግስና የማያበረክቱት ያሉትና, ትግራዋይ-ኢትዮጵያዊነታቸውን ሆነ ኤርትራዊነታቸውን የማይወዱ, ግን በማሌሊት-ኤፈርትነታቸው(ፍትወተ ነዋይ-ወዘሃብት-ዘስልጣን) ብቻ የሚመኩት ፍጥሮቹ እነ መለስ, ስዩም እና(ገብሩ አስራትና አበሮቹም እስከተባረሩበት ጊዜ ድረስ ጭምር) ናቸው:: በስርመሰረቱ እነዚህ ሰዎች ራሳቸውን ብቻ እንጂ በምድር ላይ ሌላ ምንም የሚወዱት ነገር የላቸውም:: በርግጥ ብዙ ነገርን ያወራሉ:: ግን ያ-ሁሉ ወሬ ለማወናበጃ መጠቀምያ ያህል ብቻ ነው, ማለትም (It is only for the matter of instrumentalization! ከ‘Aው እስከ Zዱ)

    ሁላችንም ብንሆን የዚያ ወንዝ ልጆች እንደመሆናችን መጠን, ማሌሊቶች (ገብረአቦች, ባሌማዎች, ገብሩ አስራቶች, ስዩም መስፍኖችና ወወዘተዎች) በትውልዳቸው, በሙሉ ለሙሉነታቸውም ይሁን በፈረቃቸው, ከፈለጉም በአንድ አስርተኛቸው, ከመረብ በግራ ወይንም በቀኝ በኩል መሆናቸው በስርመሰረቱ ችግር መሆን አልነበረበትም:: ችግሩ ያለው እንዴት አድርገው እንደሚያወናብዱና እንዴት እንደተሰባሰቡ, በመጨረሻውም ራስ ወዳድ ሆዳሞቹ መሰሎቻቸውን ብቻ ከሌላው የኢትዮጵያው ምድር እንዴት እንደመለመሉ ነው:: ከኢትዮጵያ ውጭም ቢሆን, የጠቀስካት ሴትዮ አይነቶችና ሌሎች ከነፋስ በላቀ ፍጥነት ለመራወጥ ችሎታ ያላቸውና እተከፈላቸው የውንብድ ወሬን ይዘው የሚወራጩ, አጉል “ኩሩ ኢትዮጵያዊ ነኝ” ባዩ ሁሉም ቢኖሩበትም, ግን እዚህ ላይ ከቅሌት ጋራ ተያይዞ ኤርትራዎቹ ይበዛሉ!! ይሄ ተግባራቸው ግን ለኤርትራ ምንም ያመጣላት ትርፍ የለውም:: ኤርትራ ውስጥ የከፋው ክፉ ነገር ሁሉ ደርሶ ሲያበቃና, ጠቅላላ ነገርዋን ካሟጠጠች በኋላ, ይሄው ኤርትራ በመጨረሻው, እንደ ኢትዮጵያ ልጆችና ሴቶችን በቁመናቸው ሳይሆን የምትሸጠው, የገዛ ዜጋዎችዋን በቁማቸው ኩላሊቶቻቸውን አውልቃ የቁም በድናቸውን ለአሞራ ከሰጠቻቸው በኋላ, ያወለቀችውን ኩላሊቶቻቸውን ለዚያ „የሰው ልጅ መብት ጠባቂ ነን” ባዮች ለበዙበት ክፍለ አህጉራት ነው የምትሸጠው ያለችው:: ኢትዮጵያን ከዚህ ያድናት:: መቐለ/አዲስ አበባ ላይ Inferiority complex እንዳለባቸው በማያወላወል መልኩ ተረጋግጦ ሲያበቃ ለስልጣን የደረሱት „ኤርትራውያን“, የኤርትራን ህዝብ ከዚህ መአት እስካላወጡት ጊዜ ድረስ, ምኑን ኤርትራን ጠቀሙ ይባላሉ!? ግድ የላችሁም ራሳቸውን ነው የሚወዱት, በዘልማድ “ቅሌታም ትግሬ” (ኤርትራ መባል ነበረበት፣ ግን አባሻውልን የጎበኘ ፊን-ፊን ባይ ትግራዋይም አይጠፋበትምና እስኪ እንግዲህ….)ይባሉ የነበሩት ነገሮች መሆናቸው ነው!!

    የዚህ ሁሉ ተግባር ጀማሪ, በገዛ ራሱ የማንነት ችግር ሳይኖርበት, ግን ለራስ ጥቅም ሲል, ስብሓት ቢሆንም, መለስ ዜናዊ በተፈጥረው የ‘Inferiority complex ተቀዳሚ ተሸካሚ እንደመሆኑ መጠን, የማንነት ችግር ያለባቸውን ሰዎች በዘልማድ ይጠቅሙኛል ከሚል መነሾ ብቻ ሳይሆን, አለም በማንነት ችግርተኞች ብቻ ብትሞላ, እኔ ተቀዳሚ ተፈላጊነት ይኖረኛል የሚለው ግምገማ ላይ ስለ ደረሰ, በተለይ ትግራይና እንዲሁም ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ በሳይኮሎጂ ጥናት, በእርግጥም የማንነት ችግር እንዳለባቸው እያስመረመረ, ቁጥር የለሾቹን ለመንግስት ስልጣን ያዥነት አብቅቷቸዋል:: ይሄ ተግባሩ ምንም እንኳን በሰሜኑ ክፍለ ሃገራችን ቢጀምርም, ወደ መጨረሻው አካባቢ ግን ጠቅላላውን ኢትዮጵያን በዚህ መንፈስ ለመሸፈን ተሳክቶለት ሲያበቃ, ስነ ቀብሩም በእንደዚሁ መንፈስ ተከናውኖ, ነገሩ ይሄው እርሱ ከሞተም በኋላም ሁሉ እየቀጠለ እንደሆነ የ‘AIGA ዋሾ ልፈፋ ምስክር ነው:: እንግዲህ አሁን, በስመ-አብ በይ ኢትዮጵያ ነው እንጂ መባል ያለበት, ወደ ስዩም መስፍኖች ዘ’ሓሳዶች ዘንዳ መማፀኑ ፋይዳ የለሽ ነውና, ይታሰብበት!

  5. ወሳኝ ፈረንጆችን መልዕክቱ እንዲደርስ ብታደርግስ?
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    Mr wnaw,

    Are you sure that Hailemariam’s wife is Eritrean?

    If this is true then we believe you. so please do not because her name is Roman? We need more than that.

    Please provide the evidence.
    If you could not provide the evidence then the rest of your argument and points remain as waste of time and space.

  6. tesh
  7. tesh
    | #7

    There you go tiger! M. Asrat knows what he is talking about. He is telling us to unite. He is telling us to stop the talking but do the walking. Love it! Do it again Brother M. Love you all my beloved Ethiopians.

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