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southern africa / history / opinion / analysis Wednesday March 06, 2013 00:50 by Tina Sizovuka and Lucien van der Walt   image 1 image
This article aims to explain, from an anarchist / syndicalist perspective, the rapid rise and fall of Julius Malema, the controversial and corrupt multi-millionaire leader of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) “youth league” (ANCYL). It is demonstrated that Malema’s posturing as radical champion of the black poor was simply a means to an end: rising higher in the ranks of the ANC, in order to access bigger state tenders and higher paying political office. The larger political implications of the Malema affair are also considered, especially the role of the ANC – as a vehicle for the accumulation of wealth and power by the rising black elite, which is centred on the state. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Thursday February 28, 2013 19:13 by Tina Sizovuka and Lucien van der Walt   text 1 comment (last - sunday march 03, 2013 02:14)   image 1 image
Privatisation – the transfer of functions and industry to the private sector – is widely and correctly rejected on the left and in the working class. Privatisation leads only to higher prices, less and worse jobs, and worse services. Given this, some view nationalisation – the transfer of economic resources (e.g. mines, banks, and factories) to state ownership and control – as a rallying cry for a socialist alternative. This article argues that nationalisation has never removed capitalism, nor led to socialism, and it certainly does not have a demonstrable record of consistently improving wages, jobs, rights and safety. This article appeals to progressive working class forces to look instead to another way:collectivisation from below, where industry is placed under direct workers’ self-management, subject to worker-community participatory democratic planning and control to meet human needs and end oppression, in a universal human community. read full story / add a comment
africa meridionale / genero / stampa non anarchica Thursday February 21, 2013 21:17 by Alex Duval Smith
Oscar Pistorius era il perfetto eroe sportivo sud-africano perchè la sua vittoria sulla disabilità lo aveva reso una figura universalmente ammirata in una società ancora divisa.La cultura profondamente maschilista in cui egli è cresciuto si estende ai gruppi razziali e ci dà qualche spiegazione per comprendere lo scioccante tasso di violenza nelle mura domestiche. [English] read full story / add a comment
southern africa / gender / non-anarchist press Tuesday February 19, 2013 18:44 by Alex Duval Smith
Oscar Pistorius was the perfect South African sporting hero because victory over his disability made him a universally admired figure in a still-divided society. The profoundly macho culture he grew up in spans racial groups and provides some explanation for the country's shocking rates of domestic violence. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / history of anarchism / opinion / analysis Tuesday February 19, 2013 06:30 by Lucien van der Walt   image 1 image
The first installation in the Zabalaza's new series on Black Stars of Anarchism: The son of a Wesleyan minister, Thibedi William Thibedi was one of the most important black African revolutionary syndicalists in South African history. Thibedi was a leading figure in the International Socialist League (ISL) and in the Industrial Workers of Africa syndicalist union. Later he played an important role in the early Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA), particularly its union work. He was active in all of the key black unions from the 1910s to the 1940s. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / indigenous struggles / feature Thursday February 14, 2013 19:31 by Lucien van der Walt   image 1 image
2012 is the centenary of the African National Congress (ANC). The party that started out as a small coterie of black businessmen, lawyers and chiefs is today the dominant political formation in South Africa. It was founded by the black elite who were marginalised by the united South Africa formed in 1910, and who appeared at its Bloemfontein inauguration “formally dressed in suits, frock coats, top hats and carrying umbrellas”.[1] Today it is allied via the Tripartite Alliance to the SA Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu). Can the ANC be a vehicle for fundamental, progressive, social change in the interests of the black, Coloured and Indian working classes (proletariat), still mired in the legacy of apartheid and racial domination? This is what Cosatu (and the SACP) suggest. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / anarchist movement / link to pdf Tuesday February 12, 2013 02:00 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front   image 1 image
Issue number 13 of the ZACF's organ, Zabalaza: A Journal of Southern African Revolutionary Anarchism now available online. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Saturday February 09, 2013 23:28 by Shawn Hattingh   image 1 image
The series of strikes and protests that recently took place in and around farms in South Africa’s Western Cape Province was fuelled by the deep-seated anger and frustration that workers feel. On a daily basis, farm workers face not only appalling wages, bad living conditions and precarious work, but also widespread racism, intimidation and humiliation. The extent of the oppressive conditions run deep and it is not uncommon for workers to even be beaten by farm-owners and managers for perceived ‘transgressions’. Indeed, life for workers in the rural areas has always been harsh, but over the last two decades it has in many ways gotten even worse and poverty has in many cases grown. read full story / add a comment
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Νότια Αφρική (Περιφέρεια) / Εργατικοί Αγώνες / Νέα Wednesday January 23, 2013 17:56 by Dmitri (republishing)   image 2 images
Υστερα από μια μικρή ανάπαυλα, ενός μήνα, οι εποχιακοί εργάτες γης στη Νότια Αφρική ξεκίνησαν ξανά τον απεργιακό τους αγώνα, με βασικό αίτημα το διπλασιασμό του μεροκάματου από 8 δολάρια σε 17,5. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Saturday December 08, 2012 20:50 by Benjamin Fogel
Ben Fogel on the media response to the self-organised farm workers' strike in the Western Cape. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Wednesday November 21, 2012 15:09 by Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural & Allied Workers Union   image 1 image
For over 2 weeks now, farmworkers in different areas of the Western Cape have been striking. This is a spontaneous strike driven by workers on the ground in response to decades and decades of brutality at the hands of farmers and a government that has thus far refused to listen to workers and transform the rural landscape characterised by dependency master-slave relations, racism, sexism, starvation wages and violations of the limited freedoms won from decades of working class struggle. Farmworkers do backbreaking work sometimes for 12 hours a day to produce food and wine for everybody in this country and countries overseas yet they are forced to work under unsafe and unhealthy conditions, to drink dirty water, live without electricity, live without toilet facilities, on poverty wages, suffer threats of evictions, and violent physical and verbal abuse and intimidation at the hands of the bosses.
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southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Friday November 09, 2012 12:12 by Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural & Allied Workers Union   text 3 comments (last - sunday november 25, 2012 14:55)   image 1 image
The Leeuwenkuil farm in Agter-Paarl, Cape Town – one of largest farms in the Western Cape, which produces wine and olives, is one instance of the ongoing intimidation and attacks against workers by bosses on the farms. Here, the farmer, Willie Dreyer, is denying workers’ rights to freedom of association and freedom of speech. The farmer has intimidated workers by dismissing shop stewards and laying false charges of attempted murder against two farm workers, Amos White and Patrick Philander, and charges of assault against CSAAWU’s Assistant General Secretary, Karel Swart. The union has been denied access to the farm on weekends and after hours in the week on a number of occasions. We maintain that workers must be able to meet with any organization or person they choose to in their own time. It should not be the prerogative of the farmer to control workers’ own time and who they can and cannot meet. Workers and their families are standing behind their dismissed leaders. They are sharing what they have with each other – their pain and their strength. read full story / add a comment
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région sud de l'afrique / luttes en milieu de travail / entrevue Monday October 29, 2012 19:26 by Mutiny Zine   image 1 image
Zine Mutiny a récemment interviewé Jonathan, le secrétaire international du Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) sur le massacre par la police de travailleurs en grève dans le société minière Lonmin à Marikana en Afrique du Sud ZACF Pour plus d’informations sur: http://zabalaza.net/ [English] read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / interview Sunday October 21, 2012 17:14 by Mutiny Zine   image 1 image
Mutiny Zine recently interviewed Jonathan, international secretary of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF), about the police massacre of workers who were on strike at the Lonmin company’s mines in Marikana in South Africa. For information about ZACF, see http://zabalaza.net/ [Français] read full story / add a comment
southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Sunday October 21, 2012 09:16 by Jared Sacks
The coverage of the Marikana massacre seems to start with the mass killings of 16 August. But that’s not where, or how the violence started, and it wasn’t rivalry between unions, either. Rewind a few days and prepare for goosebumps: you’ll find a web of conspiracy around two murders which were not reported in the media and ended in no arrests, but scared the living daylights out of the workers before the weeks of horror started. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / the left / non-anarchist press Tuesday October 09, 2012 19:27 by Chris Webb   text 1 comment (last - thursday december 12, 2013 15:53)
About a month ago I stood with some 200 striking farm workers in South Africa's Hex River Valley, a rich agricultural region that produces table grapes for export. The workers were on strike against severe pay cuts and outsourcing, which came about when a major fruit export company took over the farm from its previous owner. The workers were a mixed group. Some were Zimbabwean migrants, but the majority were Xhosa speakers from the more impoverished Eastern Cape, where 72 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line. Most of them currently lived in the valley's informal settlements, expanses of matchbox houses and zinc shacks on the dusty ground between the grape farms. As we marched toward the farm, the workers began to sing struggle songs praising the African National Congress (ANC) and the role of struggle leaders like Oliver Tambo and Chris Hani. read full story / add a comment
Marikana: The man in the green blanket, later killed by police.
southern africa / workplace struggles / anarchist communist event Wednesday October 03, 2012 02:01 by Inkululeko Wits Anarchist Collective   image 2 images
Come join the anarchists for a film screening and informal discussion about the crisis that South Africa currently faces and possible alternative solutions. read full story / add a comment
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Νότια Αφρική (Περιφέρεια) / Εργατικοί Αγώνες / Νέα Thursday September 20, 2012 06:29 by proletconnect   image 1 image
Αύξηση των μισθών κατά 20% κέρδισαν τελικά οι μεταλλωρύχοιΑύξηση των μισθών κατά 20% κέρδισαν τελικά οι μεταλλωρύχοι στο εργοστάσιο πλατίνας lonmin έπειτα από σφοδρές συγκρούσεις με την αστυνομία που δολοφονούσε και μετά την σκληρή αντιπαράθεση με τα αφεντικά. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / feature Monday September 17, 2012 17:06 by Shawn Hattingh   image 1 image
This article explores, from an anarchist perspective, the sugar industry in southern Africa, and how the two dominant companies - Illovo and Tongaat-Hulett - exploit and oppress workers and communities surrounding their operations. read full story / add a comment
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région sud de l'afrique / répression / prisonniers et prisonnières / communiqué de presse Saturday September 15, 2012 23:16 by Alternative Libertaire   image 1 image
Jeudi 16 août, la police sud-africaine tirait à balles réelles sur les grévistes d’une mine de platine à Marikana, assassinant froidement 34 personnes. read full story / add a comment
Employees at the Zarfati Garage in Mishur Adumim vote to strike on July 22, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Ma’an workers union)

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textAlzamiento popular en Zimbabwe 06:07 Tue 27 Sep by Rebeldía Contrainformativa 0 comments

Desde el año 2013, las protestas populares de sectores de trabajadores como comerciantes, conductores de transporte público e incluso sectores de desempleados en Zimbabwe han aumentado, y en varias zonas del país ha habido alzamiento en armas; todo esto contra el presidente Robert Gabriel Mugabe, elegido en el 2013 y que representa al partido ZANU-PF, quien está en el poder desde hace 36 años.

zacflogo.gif imageZACF Reply to the Misrepresentation of the ZACF by American Journalists and on the Schmidt Affair 09:46 Fri 19 Feb by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 39 comments

19th February 2016 The following is the official statement of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) of South Africa on the controversy that erupted around Michael Schmidt, a South African activist, several months ago. It follows a careful collective discussion process and research and comes several weeks after the last installment in a series of articles claiming to be an expose of Schmidt. As we are also committed to a number of ongoing workshops, activities and publications, our time was limited. It has two main aims: to outline our position on the claims made for, and against, Schmidt, and to respond to a number of false statements that have been made about the ZACF in the course of the developing Schmidt affair. The statement opens with an executive summary, followed by a much more extensive discussion. The statement was collectively crafted and issued by the ZACF: www.zabalaza.net Questions and requests for comment should be addressed to zacf@riseup.net with a clearly-identifiable subject line (Please note that we will not be responding to questions, queries or claims from people using pseudonyms or otherwise concealing their identities. Organisational affiliation, if any, should please be stated). * Please note that a much earlier draft seems to have leaked online, labelled “Consolidated ZACF statement v18.docx” at 84kb, dated 22 December 2015. Our documents go through a process of collective writing and criticism and fact-checking, so THIS version (the one you are reading now) is the correct one, with significant changes from earlier versions. All previous drafts are made null-and-void by this final version and have no standing whatsoever, and we will not enter into discussion of such drafts.

300_0___20_0_0_0_0_0_pic_1.jpg imageLibertad para todos? Miembros de la Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front amenazados, las actividades i... 15:14 Thu 29 Oct by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

Sudáfrica, 16 de Octubre de 2015: En la noche del Viernes 9 de Octubre de 2015, un militante de Zabalaza fue amenazado con violencia por su militancia política por un grupo de jóvenes, en el empobrecido barrio de Khutsog (Oeste de Johannesburgo). En la mañana siguiente, una escuela de formación política que él y otros compañeros llevan adelante en el área, fue interrumpida a la fuerza por una multitud aún más grande.

300_0___20_0_0_0_0_0_pic.jpg imageLiberdade para todos? Membros da Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front ameaçados, atividades interrompi... 15:08 Thu 29 Oct by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

África do Sul, 16 de outubro de 2015: Na noite de sexta-feira, 9 de outubro de 2015, um militante da Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (Frente Anarquista-Comunista Zabalaza) do pobre município de Khutsong (oeste de Johannesburg), foi ameaçado com violência pelo seu trabalho político por um grupo de jovens. Na manhã seguinte, uma escola política que ele e outro membro organizam na área foi forçada a interromper suas atividades por um grupo ainda maior.

pic.png imageQuale libertà per tutti? Militanti dello Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front minacciati, le attività ... 19:24 Sun 25 Oct by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

Sud Africa, 16 ottobre 2015: la sera del 9 ottobre un militante dello Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front nel quartiere proletario nero di Khutsong (Johannesburg ovest), è stato minacciato con violenza d parte di un gruppo di giovani per il suo lavoro politico. [English]

textLiberté pour tou-te-s ? Des membres de Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front menacé-e-s et forcé-e-s de... 04:30 Sat 24 Oct by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

Traduction française du communiqué de Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF), organisation sud-africaine qui subit la répression. [English]

textDécès de l’anarchiste nigérien Sam Mbah 06:49 Fri 12 Dec by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

Le Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front [Ndt. Organisation communiste libertaire d’Afrique du Sud] est profondément attristé d’apprendre la mort d’un grand être humain, un frère africain et un camarade de lutte – Sam Mbah. Nous voudrions envoyer nos plus sincères sympathies à ceux et celles qui ont connu Sam. Nous espérons que vous puissiez vous consoler par le fait qu’il a fait le plus pleinement usage du temps passé avec nous.

orbituaryofousilawrencezitha.gif imageOrbituary of Ousi Lawrence Zitha 15:03 Mon 01 Sep by Nobyhle Dube 0 comments

Comrade Lawrence was born on 7 July 1969 in Kliptown before moving to Ceza in KwaZulu-Natal. He attended Ceza Primary and Nghunghunyone Secondary, matriculating in 1986 with exemption (excellent at that time).

saasha.png imageLaunch of the online Southern African Anarchist and Syndicalist History Archive (SAASHA) 03:07 Thu 01 May by SAASHA 0 comments

1 May 2014: launch of the online Southern African Anarchist and Syndicalist History Archive (SAASHA)
http://saasha.net/

malema_tswana.png imageANC e Latlhile Seaparwelwa Khemo Sa Sone! Ba Bolaile Babereki! 13:53 Fri 03 May by TAAC, iWAC, ZACF 3 comments

Molaotheo o tshepisitse ditokelo tsa dipolotiki le tekatekano. Go a bonagala gore boradipolotiki le bathapi ba dira ka mo ba ratang ka teng. Ba tshameka ka batho. Seo se bonagetse ka nako eo mapodisi a bolaileng badiri bao ba neng ba dirile ditshupetso kwa moepong wa Lonmin Marikana.

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imageIn the ANC’s battle of factions there are no superheroes Nov 05 by Shawn Hattingh 0 comments

The battle between Pravin Gordhan and Jacob Zuma has been presented along the lines of a superhero comic. Gordhan, the hero, is portrayed as the last defence against the rampaging villain, vile Zuma. And like all superhero tales Gordhan the good appears to be gaining the upper hand over Zuma the bad – especially since corruption charges have been dropped and the damning Public Protector’s report on state capture has been released.

imageΗ ταξική πάλη στη Νό... Nov 03 by ZACF 0 comments

Αυτό είναι το δεύτερο κείμενο από μια σειρά κειμένων που θέλουν να εστιάσουν στην διεθνή ιστορική συγκυρία της καπιταλιστικής κυριαρχίας, στην προσπάθειά της να αναδιαρθρωθεί εντός εκτός των αφηγημάτων περί ‘’κρίσης’’. Η απεργία στο Marikana και η εξέλιξή της, η εμπλοκή των κρατικών θεσμών και της αστυνομίας μπορεί, ενδεχομένως, να φωτίσει κάποιες πτυχές της διαδικασίας εξόρυξης υπεραξίας, της εργατικής εκμετάλλευσης και την ιδιαίτερη μορφή που αυτή λαμβάνει στην συγκυρία αυξανόμενης διεθνοποίησης της αξίας.

imageWorker-Student Alliances: Anarchist Approach Needed Oct 30 by Leroy Maisiri 0 comments

Recent worker-student alliances and activities are lacking in an anarchist/syndicalist approach which focuses on ‘people’s power’ and ‘worker control’. Such an approach is important for radical transformation, writes Leroy Maisiri.

imageΠοίηση ενάντια στη&#... Oct 26 by Leroy Maisiri 0 comments

“Επόπτης Mthembu” - Ποίηση ενάντια στην αστυνομική βαρβαρότητα
Εμπνευσμένο από τα γεγονότα της 28 Σεπτεμβρίου 2016 στη Νότια Αφρική, όταν η αστυνομία πυροβόλησε φοιτητές, σκοτώνοντας κάποιους και τραυματίζοντας άλλους

imageΕνάντια στην αστυν&#... Oct 26 by Leroy Maisiri 0 comments

“Επόπτης Mthembu” - Ποίηση ενάντια στην αστυνομική βαρβαρότητα
Εμπνευσμένο από τα γεγονότα της 28 Σεπτεμβρίου 2016 στη Νότια Αφρική, όταν η αστυνομία πυροβόλησε φοιτητές, σκοτώνοντας κάποιους και τραυματίζοντας άλλους.

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imageZACF Reply to the Misrepresentation of the ZACF by American Journalists and on the Schmidt Affair Feb 19 ZACF 39 comments

19th February 2016 The following is the official statement of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) of South Africa on the controversy that erupted around Michael Schmidt, a South African activist, several months ago. It follows a careful collective discussion process and research and comes several weeks after the last installment in a series of articles claiming to be an expose of Schmidt. As we are also committed to a number of ongoing workshops, activities and publications, our time was limited. It has two main aims: to outline our position on the claims made for, and against, Schmidt, and to respond to a number of false statements that have been made about the ZACF in the course of the developing Schmidt affair. The statement opens with an executive summary, followed by a much more extensive discussion. The statement was collectively crafted and issued by the ZACF: www.zabalaza.net Questions and requests for comment should be addressed to zacf@riseup.net with a clearly-identifiable subject line (Please note that we will not be responding to questions, queries or claims from people using pseudonyms or otherwise concealing their identities. Organisational affiliation, if any, should please be stated). * Please note that a much earlier draft seems to have leaked online, labelled “Consolidated ZACF statement v18.docx” at 84kb, dated 22 December 2015. Our documents go through a process of collective writing and criticism and fact-checking, so THIS version (the one you are reading now) is the correct one, with significant changes from earlier versions. All previous drafts are made null-and-void by this final version and have no standing whatsoever, and we will not enter into discussion of such drafts.

imageLibertad para todos? Miembros de la Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front amenazados, las actividades i... Oct 29 ZACF 0 comments

Sudáfrica, 16 de Octubre de 2015: En la noche del Viernes 9 de Octubre de 2015, un militante de Zabalaza fue amenazado con violencia por su militancia política por un grupo de jóvenes, en el empobrecido barrio de Khutsog (Oeste de Johannesburgo). En la mañana siguiente, una escuela de formación política que él y otros compañeros llevan adelante en el área, fue interrumpida a la fuerza por una multitud aún más grande.

imageLiberdade para todos? Membros da Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front ameaçados, atividades interrompi... Oct 29 ZACF 0 comments

África do Sul, 16 de outubro de 2015: Na noite de sexta-feira, 9 de outubro de 2015, um militante da Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (Frente Anarquista-Comunista Zabalaza) do pobre município de Khutsong (oeste de Johannesburg), foi ameaçado com violência pelo seu trabalho político por um grupo de jovens. Na manhã seguinte, uma escola política que ele e outro membro organizam na área foi forçada a interromper suas atividades por um grupo ainda maior.

imageQuale libertà per tutti? Militanti dello Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front minacciati, le attività ... Oct 25 ZACF 0 comments

Sud Africa, 16 ottobre 2015: la sera del 9 ottobre un militante dello Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front nel quartiere proletario nero di Khutsong (Johannesburg ovest), è stato minacciato con violenza d parte di un gruppo di giovani per il suo lavoro politico. [English]

textLiberté pour tou-te-s ? Des membres de Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front menacé-e-s et forcé-e-s de... Oct 24 0 comments

Traduction française du communiqué de Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF), organisation sud-africaine qui subit la répression. [English]

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