Eritrea – Time to Oust Tyrant Isaias Afewerki – By Abraham Berhe – abrehe@gmail.com

May 17th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Background

In Early January 2009 Issayas Afeworki gave an extraordinarily defiant interview to the tightly controlled Eritrean media by openly accusing the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the USA for masterminding a plot to undermine his regime. (more…)

Background

In Early January 2009 Issayas Afeworki gave an extraordinarily defiant interview to the tightly controlled Eritrean media by openly accusing the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the USA for masterminding a plot to undermine his regime. Since then he maintains unrepentant antagonism as his astounding political feature against the USA and Western powers.

To those of us who knew him for a long while now, Issayas Afeworki is a hardened guerrilla warfare leader run for over 3-decades before he assumed power in 1993. Each time he delivers interviews he constantly looks back to those glorified anti-Ethiopian struggle days, which provided him the cornerstones for his political legitimacy; claiming that Eritrea is surrounded by larger states that permanently seek to dominate and destroy it. Tyrant Issayas is the Eritrean figure that single handedly articulates his regime’s domestic and foreign objectives that prevail against any contrary opinion coming either from his subjects or from commentators on Eritrean issues. The political strategy and makeup of Afeworki’s regime centrally depend on viewpoints directly emanating from Issayas himself. Especially after September 2001 when his most prominent opponents were summarily arrested or fled the country, Issayas Afeworki’s predominance is boosted by his handpicked persons holding key positions for fear of political reprisals.

Yet, we know well that the 1998-2000 war he instigated against Ethiopia considerably weakened the internal cohesion of Afeworki’s regime; and totally impaired and weakened the Eritrean military and population’s morale. At this point as I write no sober citizen has any faith left in his regime. Enthusiasm about Issayas Afeworki’s tyrannical ruling has eroded and drastically declined; Eritrean people are suffering from the ever diminishing and poverty stricken living conditions. Indeed, the series of wars that are carried out from time to time by Afeworki’s regime have now created a paradoxical situation as it seems too late to reverse the economic decline. Such action actually needs putting in order sweeping structural and sector reforms that would take time to produce results. In Eritrea where the population’s main concern is on how to secure the next meal it seems difficult for them to think about on how to overthrow Afeworki.

To date, Afeworki’s autocratic and tyrannical nature has eventually became a threat to all neighboring states since Afeworki has embarked on an aggressive foreign policy built upon the belief that only a militarily strong Eritrea could play a central role in what is known as “the Horn of Africa”. To add salt into injury, Afeworki is involved in popularizing piracy and illegal smuggling actions over international waters and oceans. Piracy has become a tool for Afeworki to siphon hard currency and divert public attention from the apparent lack of functioning democratic systems in Eritrea. His involvement in Somalia’s domestic politics, piracy and illegal arms smuggling and trafficking as well as his regime’s antagonism towards all neighboring states could amply testify to it’s over reliance on brinkmanship and military threats. Within the initial 5-years after he assumed power in 1993, Afeworki quarreled with Sudan in 1994, Yemen in 1995, Djibouti in 1996, Ethiopia in 1998 and Djibouti once again in 2008. Afeworki has even gone to great lengths by undermining the neighboring states’ stability; and intentionally works on how to make these states vulnerable to his militaristic pressure by providing training sites and arsenal and arms supply to Ethiopian, Djiboutian, Sudanese and Somali opposition armed groups. In 2007 he decided to pull out of the regional grouping IGAD and the AU due to his ill-conceived foreign policy.

Episodes Happen While We Watch Immobilized

The Eritrean populations have unconditionally lost thousands of young men and women to the 1998-2000 Ethio-Eritrea war. Fully aware of that Issayas Afeworki will not halt his military operations against all regional challenges, the forcefully recruited youth soldiers continue to desert in large numbers; and are seeking refuge world wide. The polarized and silent Eritrean Diaspora, which had been generously financing Issayas Afeworki’s war efforts, has begun openly to question Afeworki’s domestic and foreign policies and has significantly reduced its remittances.

Popular Dissatisfaction and Divisions

Afeworki is facing already internal popular dissatisfaction and divisions; a dilapidated economy surviving through piracy and arms trade and rampant corruption. One thing is clear to all walks of Eritrean people. Succession is paving the way to weaken Issayas Afeworki’s regime. No one knows today as to who will succeed Issayas Afeworki next. This is potentially creating instability on his eventual demise or death. After all, he is mortal, the Eritrean public doubts if democracy could be established in Eritrea when Issayas Afeworki dies or deposed of power, accidentally or otherwise. That means the potential for increased possibility of civil wars, dismemberment and opportunistic external interference from Ethiopia is quite vivid or crystal clear.

As a viable solution, most Eritrean people have resorted to consider negotiation and diplomacy as meaningful basis for the Eritrean regime to resolve its costly conflict with Ethiopia; to reestablish its political legitimacy and assist all Eritrean political forces to peacefully resolve their differences for the sake of national unity. But we deem that Afeworki is not ready to ascertain and respect the sensibilities and intentions, with regard to common issues, of neighboring states; particularly that of Ethiopia. We doubt if he can halt his deliberately provocative remarks and actions against the USA and neighboring states. We doubt if Issayas Afeworki is ready to compromise for the sake of regional peace and stability; we doubt if Issayas Afeworki is ready to learn from his past errors of judgment and soften his belligerent defensiveness, at least during high-profile interviews. In a net-shell suffice to say the idiomatic expression: ‘You cannot teach an old dog a new trick.’

Cases for Public Attention and Reaction

Although totally alienated from the rest of the world and from the African Union, Issayas Afeworki continues to commit flagrant violations of human rights by turning Eritrea into a country where democracy and justice are absent; where the Eritrean population yearnings for independence and freedom are ultimately trapped in intimidation, indecency and untold old time serfdom tradition. Issayas Afeworki’s cohorts (those that seldom complain about him) and the silent majority who consider this staunch and stubborn leader as their hero who must be obeyed by all means, by all accounts, and at any cost. Points outlined below are cases in point for reader’s attention:

 There happens mass fleeing, and horrific incidents including barbaric ethnic cleansing of innocent detainees from the Kunama ethnic group;
 As the most mentally and physically exhausted army in Africa, led by a hand-full of hungry hounds and opportunist Generals, the Eritrean army is undertaking the heaviest load of slave-labor program by way of Warsay-Yikealo, with an extreme nationalism and sovereignty protection propaganda just as the Nazis of Adolph Hitler used to make in the 1930s.
 The Swiss daily French newspaper, Le Temps, reported on 21 January 2009 that Eritrea, which today shares only with North Korea the title of being “the pariah state” of the international community, has become unlivable hell to its people who are taking all possible risks to flee the country and be dispersed in all corners of the globe. During 2008 alone, 2,849 Eritrean people entered and asked asylum in Switzerland compared to 2,050 in 2007 and 1,201 in 2006.
 Under the big headline of “Eritrea of President Isaias Afeworki: A Prison State being deserted by its people en masse”, the reporter, Angelique Mounier-Kuhn, quoted a recent New Year speech by the dictator in Asmara to show his unbelievable readiness “to make war” in spite of the suffering it causes to the small nation of Eritrea. She describes Isaias Afeworki as “a solitary and arrogant person obsessed with traces of the [country’s] frontiers”.
 In the lengthy reportage on Eritrea by this major Swiss newspaper, Mr. Francois Piquet, a researcher at the Geneva-based International Institute for Higher Studies and Development, is quoted to have said: “The paradox in the situation of Eritrea is that the best organized liberation movement in Africa has given birth to a political system dictated by one man” who has chosen to conscript up to 300,000 persons in the army and in forced labor camps.
 The Le Temps reporter also interviewed a number of Eritrean refugees in Swiss who expressed fear to criticize the Asmara regime openly because of fear of imminent risks to their families in Eritrea. The interviewees said there are “agents of the dictatorship” among them and they are keeping away from opposition politics because of this fear to their loved ones back home by the merciless regime. The interviewed persons also revealed that each and every Diaspora Eritrean individuals pay the illegal 2% tax and other extortions because of fear of something happening to them and to their relatives in Eritrea.
 To one’s dismay, it has been a while since Issayas Afewoki started to blame the US for every evil unfolding to his administration. Yet he was the first to endorse the invasion of Iraq. He has even once said in his interviews at the time, “the mission was long overdue, the Bush administration should rather have finished the job in 1991”. Yet the same person and his supporters try to define who goes with whom and what kind of alliance and organization to make with others. Some in the opposition have also fallen prey to this game.
 Somalia’s new government led by Sharif Sheik Ahmed is accusing Issayas Afewoki’s of arming insurgent groups in Somalia. The allegation is a repeat of events two years ago, when the United Nations accused Eritrea of secretly sending weapons to Somalia’s militant al-Shabab group.
 Recently Isaias Afewerki forced the United Nations Mission to Eritrea out of Eritrea by cutting off all supplies to the UN-mission. In response to the departure of the UN-mission, both Eritrea and Ethiopia have now repositioned their respective militaries in a manner that would seem to indicate the potential for reengaging one another in devastative military conflicts.

Needless to say, a war between Ethiopia and Eritrea may bring a destabilizing effect if and when these two nations return to war. This action could further undermine Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government, which is heavily dependent upon Ethiopian military support. Ethiopia would also likely pull out of its pending commitment to provide peacekeeping troops to the Sudan AU/UN Mission in Darfur. Djibouti could also be affected by a return to hostilities in the form of border dispute, Eritrean refugees, who could present local security and humanitarian concerns.

In the past two years alone, there have been a growing number of pirate attacks off the coast of Bab-El-Mendeb and Somalia – some ending in death and others ending in the payment of ransom. The shipping lanes off the coast of Bab-El-Mendeb and Somalia are some of the most economically and strategically important in the world. There has been a long chain of illegal trade operations in the form of weapons trafficking, human trafficking, criminal dumping of nuclear and chemical waste from around the world in Dhalak, Sahel, and the environs of Masawa and piracy. Particularly, piracy off the coast of Africa has become a critical issue in the region, because extremist groups often directly participate in and financially benefit from piracy operations.

Crucial Issues to Lay Charges against Isaias Afewerki:

It is time for Eritrean Diaspora, to start putting together charges against Isaias Afewerki for crimes that include, but not limited to, conspiracy, murder, and treason. Enough evidences have been gathered to go forward and lay charges and oversee this task through a national committee. As reminder key crimes committed by Issayas Afeworki include the following:

1. Illegal killings of the so-called “Menka’e” and other groups during the struggle.
2. Mal-treatment and killings of fighters in “Halewa Sewra”
3. Summary execution of disabled fighters in Mai Habar
4. Illegal war with Ethiopia. His refusal to call meetings or consult with congress, the cabinet ministers, or the central committee
5. Extra-judicial imprisonment of fighters such as the G-15 and journalists, and the subsequent murders of many of them.
6. Illegal imprisonment of religious groups.
7. Refusal of food aid when it was critically needed by the broad masses
8. Criminal dumping of nuclear and other chemical waste from around the world in Dhalak, Sahel, the environs of Masawa, and other parts of Eritrea for fetching hard currency
9. Execution of about 160 rounded-up people in Adi-beito.
10. Execution of soldiers and civilians who were allegedly trying to cross into Ethiopia and Sudan from Eritrean-Sawa-army fortresses.
11. Execution of members of the Kunama ethnic groups
12. Illegal training and underground piracy operations from Dhalak and Masawa portal areas.

Since 1993 when Issayas Afeworki presided over the leadership position, serfdom has became the official doom in Eritrea; the Eritrean public is now caught-up in sheer disillusionment of independence; living under the iron-handed Afeworki’s regime that is totalitarian by nature keeping the entire youth population in its slavery camps in the name of military services. It is time now for Diaspora Eritrean population to raise our voices and bring Afeworki’s case to the attention of International Court of Crimes (ICC) and to the world powers in order to get rid of him and establish a legitimate replacement regime without further delay.

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  1. miki
    | #1

    u r a good lyer for nothing….it is better to use ur time ,may be for other important issues

  2. séquelles
    | #2

    Bravo, Abugida for having the bravery to post this important commentary when some hypocrites in the Ethiopian community are discussing merits of working with Isayas (for example, Elias Kifle) in the name of democracy. Freedom loving Ethiopians and Eritreans should wake up and realize that they are facing an equal tyranny in their dictatorships and must work together – for the sake of a better relationship in the future, justice, peace, and the dignity of all of our citizens – topple them. Just as we look back to the mistakes of the past that have brought us all to this point, so too will our children. What will be our legacy?

  3. Anonymous
    | #3

    ወይ ጉድ!!እግዝኣብሔር ይርዳህ አንተ ለማኝ !!!!!!!Leave Eritrea ALON!!!!!!!!!!

  4. semayawe
    | #4

    keep dreaming ur bad and fersteration about eritrea and our president esayas afewerki
    we are proud of him as eritrean .even the real ethiopian are looking abit help from eritrean to destroy this bana and killers weyanes by gun nothing else .so leave eritrea for eritrean .every body know those days what weyanes thinking what they wish .death for weyanes bandas

  5. Asrat
    | #5

    This worthless woyane tigryan author is funny. He is talking about Eritrea, and Issayas, while his Tigryan woyanes relatives are killing, destroying, looting, our people. Our number one enemy is Woyanes and their sympathizers. Let us not tricked by those woyane Tigryans again any more. They are trying to shift our focus from opposing them.

  6. Anonymous
    | #6

    It seems this comment is written by Woyane to counter ethiopian review interview of president Isayas.They are aware the relationship between the Ethiopian and Eritrean people is a night mare for their existance.

    Asmerom

  7. Issu
    | #7

    if you really topple Isayas, why you start first rather than write this rubbish poor analysis against a person who tell the truth what the western doing dirty game in the name of fake free speech and democracy. Isayas is a man of truth and icon for those who seek freedom from addiction of donation and give away.
    So, leave alone Isayas, he has million people who inspire by him. Isayas is a nightmare for woyanee because they know he will eliminate them in near future.

  8. séquelles
    | #8

    Does it matter who wrote it? Everyone knows about TPLF’s crimes; rest assured they have been and will continue to be documented until that day when justice is served. What’s telling is that none of you who cry “Woyane!” at the first mention of human rights & democracy in Eritrea have bothered to refute any of this. Truly, your continued denial of the travesty that is Isayas’ treatment of your citizens is repugnant.

    As I’m certain you all live in the diaspora, I challenge you to look in the eyes of a recent escapee of your country (as they certainly are not hard to find) and call them “Woyane” too.

  9. abajima
    | #9

    @Anonymous
    WHY BANDA? DON’T YOU WANT TO SEE YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR PEOPLE BE FREE FROM SLAVERY.

  10. abajima
    | #10

    @semayawe
    You don’t know what you are talking about, just think and see what is happening to your people… Stop bending over to essayas’s doctrine.

  11. Alemayehu
    | #11

    There is no doubt this author is either woyane cadre or Tigryan origin who is woyanes sympathizer. As usual, When the rope is tighten, woyane cadres are on a mission to loosen up the rope that was aimed against the GENOCIDAL leader Melese Zenawi. Woyane cadres never, speak or right the crime of Meles zenawi and his gang against our innocent people. instead, they try to shift it and blame it on Issayas. Those shameless cadres have the audacity to tell us about Isayas, while the big monster GENOCIDAL criminal Melese is in our backyard. This article should not be posted here, It has no purpose at all. Abugida, should throw this trash to the garbage all post it in AIGA forum.

  12. weyane
    | #12

    death to weyane

  13. tewbel
    | #13

    The author could have written the same, even longer, about the Meles rule in Ethiopia.
    Anyway what is he going to replace Issayas with ? A group friendly to Meles? like the Eritrean opposition in Addis?
    As usual lopsided politics, with no clear objectives.

  14. simple
    | #14

    Forget whatever the parasites are talking just work hard WITH ALL THE ENEMIES OF WOYANE. TPLF IS THE WORST ENEMY OF ETHIOPIA. ignore those stupid!
    I SUPPORT AN ARMED STRUGGLE AGAINST THE PARASITES.
    LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA!

  15. tokicho
    | #15

    hahahahahaaa
    funny woyane ……….still dreamming? eritrea without isayas aforki?
    neverhappen soon bro.belive me neverhappen soon .let me tell u something dear ethiopian or tigrean whatever……..

    ISAYAS is the product of 30 years of bloody war b/n eritrean ppl vs 3 weak ethiopian regimes who werenever support by ethiopian ppl but support by the east and west.
    so he lives respected with his ppl 4ever. i wouldnt expect u to admire him .cos u r ethiopian.(hostile) contry.those who admire thire enemies powers and wisdomes r powerfull ppl but u cant.and willnot if you comming and out from your box .poor ethiopi….

  16. séquelles
    | #16

    simple :
    Forget whatever the parasites are talking just work hard WITH ALL THE ENEMIES OF WOYANE. TPLF IS THE WORST ENEMY OF ETHIOPIA. ignore those stupid!
    I SUPPORT AN ARMED STRUGGLE AGAINST THE PARASITES.
    LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA!

    yes, of course. we should work hard with the enemies of woyane regardless of whether or not they are enemies of ethiopian and eritrean citizens as well, yes? :)

    an enemy of mine who happens to be the enemy of a different enemy of mine has not and never will be a friend. as far as i’m concerned, EPRDF & PFDJ are two sides of the same coin.

    say no to tyranny and the political organizations which practice it.

    freedom, peace and prosperity to our people.

  17. Tiblets
    | #17

    የምታዱ እያለ የአንክቡ ተንታታ

  18. haile
    | #18

    it is true thousands of young kids are runing out because of unwanted millitery sevices once you in no way out.do you guys deny that be realistic you love issayas or meles that is not aproblem the fuct is wh at isaayas doing inside the country and outside the country is diffrent what he speacks and what he did is way differnt.you can’t be millitery by force and for ever, but you are responseble to give service for limeted tme.there are a lot of good work of isaayas and a lot of bad work of isaayas but as idividual i am not happy of him that is my evaluation of him i dont care waht you say he is not the good for eriteans but i know he is good for ethiopian.

  19. séquelles
    | #19

    Haile, you likely care not of what i say because you are either a PFDJ cadre or extremely short-sighted. if you believe Isayas’ only negative qualities are in relation to his maltreatment of the youth to extract what amounts to slave labour out of them, you are ignorant. re-read this article again. read the stories of mothers and fathers jailed on behalf of their escapee children – jailed until their children send money to bail them out – nothing short of an extortionist act. if you believe Isayas to really be a “friend” of Ethiopians, read the accounts of ex-EPPF members who have fled Eritrea. if you believe his lies about how he “cares”, please explain 30 years of his actions and propaganda up until this recent spat with TPLF. it is all a farce. he cares nothing for his citizens or Ethiopian citizens. his only concern at this point is his ego, as he wishes to save face for his disastrous decision to go to war in 1998; this belligerence cost our people a combined 120,000 lives. i assure you, it will not soon be forgotten.

    Meles and Isayas are two sides of the same coin. They are enemies of the people, of citizens. They are anti-democratic, care nothing for human rights as a whole, let alone the rights of individuals. As dossiers are being compiled on the criminals in Addis, so too are they being compiled on those in Asmera (or Mitsiwa, we know Isayas prefers this place these days :) )

    The terror that has gone unabated among our people since the 1960s and ’70s shall finally meet their end in the death of the dogmatic approach to ideology, politics, and other isms which many of that generation have yet to let go of.

    Down with despotism, once and for all.

  20. Anonymous
    | #20

    አበይ ዝነበረ ለማኒ: ነጋዲ ገሶ ኢዩ’ዚ?
    ሎቖታ ሒዝካ ኪድ ስለ አቡነ አረጋዊ ለምን::

    አቲ ጅግና ኢሳያስ ግን: ከባህርረካ ክነብር ኢዩ;

  21. Anonymous – 2
    | #21

    Issayas Afeworki is a die hard old fashioned communist still wearing the old political mantle. Eritrea should get rid of this power monger bandit.

    Free Eritrea can make a better living environment with its neighbouring nations with peace and prosperity once the border is demarcated and once Assab is returned to Ethiopia. Other than that the stallmet will continue till such moment that both nations are with the remenants of what was cooked by Afeworki and Zenawi in the 1980s. We are thre decades since that time and old fashioned politicians must give way to the young generation. We don’t need people like Afeworki known for piracy, drug trafficking and terroris.

  22. hahahhh
    | #22

    @weyane
    death to sheabia and the old lady essayas as he is a wanted terrories by ethioipia. we will catch him one day dead or alive.

  23. real habesha
    | #23

    hellow evry body I appriciate your patrioteness but I think you loose something frome your life trend, I know life is everest please take care of yours spend more time to support others and for your religion and identify what satesfies you tnx If you have any comment or want to discuss with me please write as mrlafto@yahoo.com “Life is easy if you belive your self”

  24. Gelagle
    | #24

    The Piracy Phantom, bandit Issayas Afeworki is well known for his arms trade, illegal resources traficking and piracy. He is a known trouble maker not only to the UN, USA, OU, IGAD, and its neighbouring countries all togther, but also to his own people Eritreans.

    Look the silence among the Eritrean Diaspora elite caught by fear of presecution and summary murder; look at the youth fleeing outside of Eritrea all over the world; look what he does in Somalia with arms deals and piracy business. Afeworki is nothing but a well known bandit.

  25. Tinbitu Derese
    | #25

    Folks,

    Out of curiosity I dogged deep into Elias Kifle’s workmanship in his Eritrean Review diatribe: In a 4 hours interview with the paid agent Elias Kifle of Eritrean Review (cunningly what claims to be an Ethiopian website) Tyrant Issayas Afeworki mockingly portrays himself as a defender of what he calls “Ethiopian unity”.

    We all clearly know well that this interview is intended to cover-up and deceive Ethiopians to give support to Ginbot-7 and appears designed to allow Tyrant Issayas Afeworki appear in disguise. The truth of the matter is that no other person has worked so tirelessly for the demise of Ethiopia as Issayas Afeworki. Tyrant Issayas Afeworki has never been supportive of Ethiopian unity as his current efforts at destabilization make all too clear. We are well aware of what he has been saying about Ethiopia all along and well privy of that. (1) Does he forget what he said of Ethiopia as “… there is no such thing as Ethiopia and what there is, is no more than a shadow of a country – a country that cannot be taken seriously as a state.” (2) Does Afeworki forget what he told to the American, Paul Henze, on 11th March 1991, before he entered Asmara stating: “The only reason that there is an Ethiopia is that the US needed it for the Cold War, and recreated it, otherwise it would have disappeared at the end of World War II.”

    Well now he is badly caught red-handed as the ring-leader of arms trafficking and piracy operations to create stronger bandits against the world community that he portrays as undemocratic, imperialist, and biased toward “Eritrea”. And Elias Kifle of the Eritrean Review is working hard to legitimize this very reality and trying to come up with more of his usual diatribe.

  26. séquelles
    | #26

    Thank you for highlighting the MoFA press release Tinbitu, it certainly does contain some truth. However it is strange you find it necessary to allege that Isayas wishes to “decieve” Ethiopians into supporting Ginbot 7 when Ethiopian citizens appear instead to be supporting it of their own volition as a result of the tyranny of the EPRDF. In addition, thus far there has been nothing to allege (outside of EPRDF disinformation) that the group have been in contact with and/or have relations with the dictator. Furthermore, would you not find it strange that a man who refuses to grant his citizens the liberties they have for so long literally bled for, back an organization which not only demands it for Ethiopians but threatens to serve as an example to others? It is unlikely his blind hatred of TPLF would result that sort of improvident behaviour.

  27. Anonymous
    | #27

    I wonder some one like u to talk about poverty and how people are suffering from hunger and thinking how to provide the next meal…ha…ha…ha… any way no payment for day dream, but it is waste of time. I am realy sorry for you Mr. day dreamer. May be jelous cause of lack of security and luck of every thing in ur area. Wedi Afewerki is our hero wehter u like it or not. Tell me can ur prime minster zenawi walk among his people in corud likd Esayas? ofcourse not, how can he do that…….may be on his dreams like u…..lol

  28. Merebai
    | #28

    Everyone has the right to dream. Specially day dream. Who the hell are you to tell us (Eritreans) to remove to throne Pres.Isaias? We remove regimes who are malignant to our region, like the Derg. Again here comes another tumor,Woyane. Ethiopians can’t remove him so concerned Ethiopians are knocking at the doors of Mighty SHABIA. And they will be entertained cordially. And we will see who will be removed.
    Victory to the masses and the oppressed

  29. EPLF
    | #29

    Come over to take over Assab and we will direct you to the sloughter house door. @Anonymous – 2

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