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      On-Line Bulletin 11/04/2009
      General Secretary of IRU: All countries of Southeastern and Central Europe to establish to the Roma national minority the special status
      General Secretary of the International Roma Union Mr. Bajram Haliti has stated to the News agency TANJUG regarding April 8, the World day of Roma, that he will soon ask from all countries of Southeastern and Central Europe to establish to the Roma national minority the special status, so the Roma nation could effectively participate in making the decisions that are related to area or, better said, to country in which they live in or questions that consider them.

      U.S. Helsinki Commission Chairman Cardin and Co-Chairman Hastings Release Statement on Plight of Roma

      Commemorate International Roma Day by Calling for Greater Justice, More Opportunities for Roma

      Washington, D.C., 08/04/2009 - Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), today released the following statement in advance of International Roma Day on April 8, 2009:

      Twenty years ago, the fall of communism brought historic change. But for Roma, Europe’s largest ethnic minority (estimated at 12 to 15 million), the political transformations that began in 1989 unshackled long-standing prejudices against them, and the nascent rule of law in the region proved weak and ineffective at protecting Roma for most of the 1990s. In various countries, Roma were drowned, burned and beaten to death. Police were as likely to be perpetrators as protectors. Discrimination in all walks of life was rampant.

      Read more on http://www.csce.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContentRecords.ViewDetail&ContentRecord_id=745&ContentRecordType=P&ContentType=P&CFID=7866164&CFTOKEN=18601123


      RIGHTS: Roma Are Scapegoats During Downturn

      WASHINGTON, 08/04/2009 - On International Roma Day, Wednesday, human rights groups voiced their concern for the discrimination and violence against Roma in European countries.

      Held on Apr. 8 every year since 1990, International Roma Day draws attention to discrimination directed at Roma and gypsy communities globally, according to Amnesty International (AI).

      Roma are stigmatised as criminals based on the actions of a few, according to Paul Legendre, director of the fighting discrimination program at Human Rights First (HRF). Roma are often viewed as a scapegoat for broader societal ills, often characterised as outsiders who are less than citizens and are unwanted in their respective communities, he explained.

      Read more on http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=46446


      Roma scapegoats in economic crisis, agencies say
      VIENNA, 07/04/2009 - Populist politicians and extremist groups are using the economic crisis as an excuse to discriminate against Europe's Roma population and other minorities, human rights agencies said on Tuesday.

      Fueled by the downturn, anti-foreigner sentiment has risen in parts of Europe as residents and immigrants compete for fewer jobs with lower wages.

      "(We) are deeply concerned by the continuing discriminatory treatment and exclusion of the Roma, and particularly by the recent escalation in hate-motivated incidents and racist rhetoric," the agencies said.

      Read more on http://uk.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUKTRE5362EE20090407


      Police Abuse Case Illustrates Widespread Mistreatment of Roma
      09/04/2009 - A video of Slovakian police abusing Romani boys was released a day before International Roma Day, a day to raise awareness of anti-Roma discrimination.
      Slovak daily SME released a video Tuesday of police in the eastern city of Kosice abusing a group of six Roma boys aged 11 to 16. The boys, who had been arrested on suspicion of robbery, were forced to punch each other in the face, kiss each other and strip naked as they were surrounded by officers and unmuzzled dogs.

      The video has outraged the Roma community and human rights activists. It was released one day before International Roma Day, which calls attention to international discrimination against the Romani people.


      Study on recent migration of Roma in Europe

      09/04/2009 - On the occasion of the International Roma Day, on 8 April, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights and the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities released a study on recent migration of Roma in Europe. The study provides an analysis of the existing human rights standards concerning migration in Europe and highlights discriminatory practices that Roma migrants still face. The study concludes with a set of recommendations for action by states in order to enhance effective protection of the human rights of Roma migrants in Europe.

      Read the study on recent migration of Roma in Europe on http://www.osce.org/documents/hcnm/2008/12/37164_en.pdf


      Roma MEP receives award from US ambassador, not to run for re-election

      01/04/2009 - Hungary's MEP Viktoria Mohacsi received the International Women of Courage Award for 2009 in Budapest on Tuesday.

      The award was handed over by US Ambassador to Hungary April H. Foley in recognition of Mohacsi's efforts for the Roma minority all over Europe and her fight against aggression, segregation and stereotypes.

      At the award ceremony at Budapest's Central European University, Mohacsi, herself a Roma, said that she believed in the possibility of a peaceful co-existence between Roma and non-Roma, but added that the situation in Hungary did not support that belief. "We have to face the revival of Nazi ideology, racism, petrol bombs thrown at homes and harmless people being murdered," she said.

      Romania: The Press and the Minorities – A dialogue that still needs to be invented

      06/04/2009 - Discrimination in the media is a provoking subject. Present to discuss it were: on one side the Roma minority’s representatives and on the other one the journalists. In the middle, PER Regional Center and the National Council of Audiovisual. The result was a debate where the Roma said that sometimes the press discriminates, and the journalists opined that in principle they reflect the reality.

      „How can professionalism protect the media against the outside pressures?” „What can the journalists do to improve the ethical standards, especially during periods of social conflicts?” „What is the role of journalists’ unions and associations and of the editorial corporations?” „What formative, editorial and engagement standards are still missing?” These are part of the questions, to which the participants tried to find some answers during the roundtable discussion on „The Freedom of Expression and the Danger of Intolerance in Mass-Media”.

      Read more on http://www.divers.ro/eveniment_en?wid=37646&func=viewSubmission&sid=9890


      Romania: “There is ethnic segregation in several schools from Mures County”

      06/04/2009 - Oana Badea, secretary of state in the Ministry of Education, Research and Innovation, stated on Thursday, March 26 in Tirgu Mures that after the visit made in several schools from the county, she noticed that the Roma children are victims of the ethnic segregation, announced NewsIn.

      The official visited three schools from Mures County: the elementary school from Valea Rece; the I-VIII classes school from Craciunesti and the one from Gornesti and was very displeased. “The school from Valea Rece (Roma neighbourhood from Tirgu Mures) segregate pupils and the one from Craciunesti doesn’t make any effort to stimulate Roma children to attend the classes.

      Read more on http://www.divers.ro/actualitate_en?wid=37647&func=viewSubmission&sid=9893


      Romania: Half of the salary of an employed person belonging to the minorities will be covered from European funds

      06/04/2009 - For employing a representative of the minorities, any company will receive from European funds half of the salary offered to the respective representative. Marian Sirbu, minister of labour, made this announcement last Tuesday.

      Any company that has no debts can receive money from the European Social Fund (FSE), if it creates new jobs for unemployed persons, for persons belonging to minorities, who have only high school graduation, are over the age of 50, or have a disability.

      Read more on http://www.divers.ro/actualitate_en?wid=37647&func=viewSubmission&sid=9892


      Bulgaria marks International Roma people day
      8 April is the international day of the Roma people. The days is declares as such in 1992 by the UN and the European union after a proposal of the International organization “Romano union”.

      For the occasion, the ministry of labor and social policy organizes a round table on the topic “European Roma policy and Bulgaria’s place in it”.

      Ambassadors from the member countries of “Decade of Roma inclusion 2005-2015” (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Czech republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia and Spain), deputy ministers responsible for the implementation of the initiative, representatives of institutions engaged with the implementation of the National plan for action of the initiative will take part in the round table.

      Other participants in the round table will the “Open society” institute, the Commission for protection against discrimination, members of the Council for integration of the Roma people, the National council for cooperation on the ethnic and demographic issues and Roma leaders from Bulgaria.

      Bulgarian PM Sergei Stanishev will visit Perushtitza to attend the Municipal festival of the Roma culture, organized for the International day of the Roma people.

      Source: bulgarian.ibox.bg

      More than half of Roma people in Bulgaria don’t work
      07/04/2009 - A total of 56.9% of the Roma people in Bulgaria don’t and don’t want to work. This announced yesterday Baki Huseinov, coordinator of the international initiative for the Roma integration during a seminar on the topic “Empowerment of Roma women”. The initiative is related to tomorrow’s International day of the Roma people. It became clear at the seminar that Bulgaria is one of the countries in Europe with highest level of birth rate among the girls of Roma origin.

      According to Huseinov the high unemployment among the Roma people exists because of the low education, the lack of skills and the women’s duties in bringing up their many children. Many of those who work are engaged in the grey economy and therefore they don’t have any medical insurance. However, there is a tendency for decrease in the early giving of birth among the Roma women, said at the seminar the Bulgarian minister of labor and social policy Emilia Maslarova.

      Source: international.ibox.bg


      How to empower Roma women

      06/04/2009 - The Bulgarian minister of labor and social policy Emiliya Maslarova will open today an international seminar on the topic “Empowering of Roma women in the context of the contemporary social policies – exchange of experience and good practices”.

      The beginning of the 2-day seminar is at 10 am in the Center for human resources development and regional initiatives. The aim of the seminar is to put an accent on the creation of equal opportunities for performance and development of the Roma women in the social, political and economic life of the country. This is the first international scale initiative which is initiated by Bulgaria for focusing on the potential of the Roma women for stimulation of the process of social integration of the Roma people.

      Read more on http://international.ibox.bg/news/id_622371463


      Hungary: Arson suspected in blaze at home of Roma politician

      Budapest, 07/04/2009 - The home of a Hungarian Roma politician was set ablaze at dawn on Tuesday in what police believe was a deliberate attack. The attack took place in Tatarszentgyorgy, a village some 40 kilometres from the capital that was the scene of a brutal murder in February.

      One room in the home of the deputy leader of the local Roma Council, Lidia Horvath, was completely burned out, the fire service said. There was no one at home at the time as Horvath was on duty in a local Roma community guard facility set up following the February murder. Horvath told the state news agency MTI that the Roma community in her village was living in a state of constant fear. Peter Papp, head of the county police criminal investigations unit, said apparent arsonists had used some type of flammable substance to start the fire.

      The blaze occurred a few hundred metres from the house where a Roma father and son were gunned down in February as they fled their burning home, thought to have been set ablaze by their unknown attackers. There have been over a dozen attacks involving guns, petrol bombs and other weapons against Roma homes in Hungary over the past year.

      Author: DPA


      Macedonia: Debate on status of Roma people in higher education
      Tetovo, 07/04/2009 - A debate named "Improving of Roma population status in higher education and challenges of the Decade of Roma," will take place in Tetovo today.

      The debate is organized by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy in cooperation with Stuhl University and Tetovo University, on the occasion of 8 April - International Roma Day. The Ministry of Labor and Social Policy announced that 8 April - Wednesday is declared as non-working day for the citizens of Roma ethnic community.
      Source: makfax.com.mk

      Czech Republic: Quarter of schools eliminate Roma children since they find them difficult
      10/04/2009 - That is the situation in one quarter of Czech schools. Teachers often resist working with problematic children, whether it be handicapped children or Romani children. Kids in schools are still divided into categories "white and healthy" and the "other".

      This is what an extensive survey of GAC agency and People in need shows. The survey conducted by People in need is based on more than 500 hours of interviews in 104 schools in eight regions of the country. It focuses on areas with high Roma population. People in need were talking to children, parents, teachers and assistants.

      "Schools and their teachers still do not approach children with certain disadvantage equally," said Zdeněk Svoboda from People in need.

      The survey shows that even though some schools are trying to work with Romani children, others still attempt to limit the number of children that might require greater attention and care. Children with physical or mental handicap, foreigners and mostly Roma are looking for a place at a normal school with difficulties.

      Read more on http://praguemonitor.com/2009/04/10/quarter-schools-eliminate-roma-children-they-find-them-difficult


      New witness accounts of KLA torture camps
      10/04/2009 - A former KLA prisoner, a Kosovo Albanian, has given the BBC an eye-witness account of the torture of Serbs, Albanians and Roma held in a camp in Kukes. Serbs, Roma and Kosovo Albanians had been locked up, tortured and killed in northern Albania, the witness said. The source, who was also a prisoner, confirmed that organ harvesting and trafficking had also occurred in Albania.

      Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor Vladimir Vukčević said that the resumption of domestic and international investigations depended on the visit to Belgrade of EU special rapporteur for these crimes, Dick Marty, which had yet to happen.
      Albania's rural and Roma get help in applying for new ID cards

      Tirana, 09/04/2009 - The government decided on Wednesday (April 8th) to assist those in rural areas who want to apply for electronic ID cards by providing transport to registration centres. Marking International Roma Day on Wednesday, Prime Minister Sali Berisha also promised the Roma community its members would receive ID cards free of charge. The opposition has been pressuring the government to provide free cards -- ahead of the elections in late June -- to all citizens who are unable to pay the 10-euro fee.

      Source: setimes.com


      Serbia criticized over Roma evictions

      09/04/2009 - International human rights groups have criticized Serbia over the eviction of a Roma community from a shanty settlement in Belgrade.

      Human Rights Watch and the European Roma Rights Centre urged Serbian authorities in a letter to immediately provide alternative housing for the evicted Roma families. Belgrade city authorities said Thursday the families will move into a youth community center.

      Several dozen people, including children, have slept in the open since their cardboard houses were shattered last week. An attempt to resettle the Roma in a suburban area failed because of protests by local residents. Wanda Troszczynska from Human Rights Watch says it is a "scandal the government left these people in the street."

      Source: Associated Press


      Serbia: Aid Evicted Roma

      Government Should Ensure Adequate Housing for Families Left Without Homes

      08/04/2009 - It's a scandal that the government left these families on the street. Serbia needs to get these people rehoused now, and make sure that other Roma families don't suffer the same fate." Wanda Troszczynska, Western Balkans researcher at Human Rights Watch

      Brussels - The Serbian authorities should provide alternative homes and compensation for 47 Roma families forcibly evicted in Belgrade on April 3, 2009, from housing considered substandard, Human Rights Watch and the European Roma Rights Centre said today in a letter to the Serbian government.

      Police forcibly evicted 128 Romani individuals living in Novi Beograd's Block 67, a poor neighborhood populated by the displaced, including women and children, and destroyed much of their personal property. Residents were told the day before the eviction that they had 15 days' notice before being forced out. The police came with bulldozers the next day, leaving the families homeless.

      Read more on http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/04/08/serbia-aid-evicted-roma
      Roma protest in front of Belgrade assembly
      Belgrade, 08/04/2009 - NGOs and Roma associations are protesting in front of the Belgrade City Assembly following the demolition of a Roma community in New Belgrade last week.

      In a call for solidarity, around 100 protesters want the issue of the displaced Roma to be resolved in a dignified way, and have also demanded the resignation of Mayor Dragan Đilas.

      Holding banners reading “Discrimination is the Heart of Serbia“ and “Roma Our Neighbor“, the protestors called for all displays of racism to be sanctioned.

      Slovenia: Pahor Meets Roma Reps, Highlights Need for Dialogue

      Ljubljana, 8 April (STA) - Prime Minister Borut Pahor met with representatives of Roma organisations on Wednesday, stressing on the occasion of International Roma Day that "we all have to strive for tolerant dialogue, which helps create an atmosphere of harmony among all people living in Slovenia".

      More on http://www.sta.si/en/vest.php?s=a&id=1380525


      Slovenia: Official Says Roma Discriminated Against on Daily Basis (interview)
      Ljubljana, 8 April (STA) - Head of the Government Office for Nationalities Stanko Baluh has told STA on the occasion of International Roma Day that the Roma in Slovenia continue to struggle with basic questions of day-to-day survival and discrimination from the majority.
      Finland: Fear of Discrimination Prevents Roma Day Festivities

      08/04/2009 - April 8th marks international Roma day, which is a day to celebrate Roma history and traditions. However few members of Finland’s Roma minority publicly observe the day because of apprehension towards the majority’s reaction.

      Although members of Finland’s Roma minority would like to celebrate Roma day, many say they keep a low profile to avoid drawing attention to themselves. Only in southern Finland's larger cities has Roma day become a tradition.

      Read more on http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/2009/04/fear_of_discrimination_prevents_roma_day_festivities_672319.html


      Pescara: Roma families hit by the earthquake are being denied aid and shelter. 

      Pescara, 07/04/2009 - The citizens of Aquila and nearby municipalities hit by the earthquake are mourning their dead. Those left homeless are being offered shelter and aid in hotels and hostels.  Many Roma families living in makeshift accommodation were also hit by the earthquake, with the same impartial cruelty, but no shelter is being offered to them and they are being turned away when they approach the civil protection units or the hotels for help.

      The authorities have defined the Roma families “vultures” and the Carabinieri of the Provincial Commando of Pescara have set up ”checkpoints” near the assistance structures in order to prevent Roma families seeking shelter. According to them, the Roma families “are trying to take advantage of the tragedy in order to sleep in hotels free of charge”.
      Source: EveryOne Group
      Roma in Italy: "We are not maggots"
      “Rome and Italy today are responsible for a racial segregation unique in the west"(La Republica)

      08/04/2009 - On 30 March the Guardian newspaper carried an editorial "Italy Fascism’s Shadow", commenting on the merger of Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia with Gianfranco Finis ex-neo fascist Alleanza Nationale party. The newspaper pointed out how, alone of the former axis powers, post-war Italy had never completely confronted its fascist past, concluding that despite the efforts of Fini to distance it from that legacy it remained tainted by that tradition. "A day of shame", it further declared.

      Whatever the formal correctness of the argument it takes a remarkable dose of liberal naivity — or cynicism? — to imply that Berlusconi’s part in this exercise was some kind of fall from some hitherto democratic credentials. The is the notoriously ruthless billionaire monopolist of a lying propaganda empire, a convicted criminal associate of the mafia and a one time member of the secret post-war "shadow goverment" of the masonic P2, responsible over thee decades for "counter insurgency" murders and bombings, including the massacre at Bologna railway station in 1981.

      Read more on http://www.workersliberty.org/story/2009/04/08/roma-italy-we-are-not-maggots


      Schooling of Roma children in Belgium. The parent's voice

      Roma parents give their points of view about their own and their children’s schooling, their problems and their vision of the world (2009)

      This publication presents the results of a study commissioned by the King Baudouin Foundation to have a better understanding of Roma parents’ points of view regarding their children’s schooling in Belgium.

      Forty-five Roma, with national origins representing almost the totality of Central and Eastern European countries, were interviewed with the help of Roma cultural mediators and asked to express their views about their own and their children’s schooling, the difficulties they face and their vision of the world.

      Read more on http://www.kbs-frb.be/publication.aspx?id=245782&LangType=1033


      Turkey: Roma people mark their day amid Sulukule tragedy
      09/04/2009 - Yesterday was the International Day of the Roma, which the Roma residents of İstanbul commemorated with mixed feelings as they recently lost the battle to save their neighborhood, Sulukule, from a renovation project being carried out by the Fatih Municipality and the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality. 

      "We're mourning instead of holding celebrations," said many Roma people, the majority of whose houses were recently demolished by the Fatih Municipality as part of the renovation project.

      The İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality plans to construct 620 new houses, a hotel and a culture and entertainment center in Sulukule. The neighborhood renovation project and the relocation of its inhabitants have drawn the indignation of residents as well as that of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). İstanbul is currently on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is expected to take the necessary steps to protect its historical sites, one of which is the neighborhood of Sulukule.

      Read more on http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/detaylar.do?load=detay&link=171905&bolum=101


      Immigrants made up 71 Percent of Russia’s Excess of Deaths over Births in 2008, FMS Says

      Vienna, 08/04/2009 - (...) Fifty-one percent of Russians dislike Roma, the same figure as for Chechens, Nikolay Bessonov, a specialist on Roma culture, told a roundtable today on the occasion of International Roma Day. And other participants at that meeting described the way in which Russian treat Roma given these attitudes.

      Natalya Shkurenok, a specialist at Memorial’s anti-discrimination center, said that guards at a metro station in St. Petersburg after noticing the presence of a group of Roma nearby shouted out, “Be Careful, There are Gypsies!” – using the traditional and from the perspective of the Roma pejorative term for their community.

      Shkurenok said that her group had had some success in this case: After Memorial complained to the North capital’s metro management, the guard involved in this incident was stripped of one of the prizes he had been awarded. But after this case was reported via the Internet, many people sent flowers to the female guard as well.

      Read more on http://georgiandaily.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10967&Itemid=72


      Roma in America: Diverse, million-strong community values its cultural identity

      Washington, 07/04/2009 - On International Roma Day, attention will be on Europe, where the Romani people have survived centuries of marginalization and persecution. Even today European Roma strive for social parity and economic opportunity. Less widely known are U.S. Roma, whom the Census Bureau numbers at up to a million, dispersed around the U.S., with groupings in places including Texas, California and the Midwest.

      Romani people trace their origin to Eastern and Central Europe, but have been negatively stereotyped in the United States and Europe, most often by popular media, as “Gypsies” with presumably anti-social behaviors. Preconceptions have led to prejudice and ethnic profiling, including discriminatory local laws.

      International Roma Day celebrates Romani culture and raises awareness of the issues facing the Romani people. April 8 has been set aside for the yearly observance since the time of the fourth World Romani Congress, held in Poland in 1990. The United States on this day also calls for respect of the human rights of Roma.

      Read more on http://www.america.gov/st/texttrans-english/2009/April/200904071021352ecaganara0.5367657.html



      Consultant for Final Evaluation of Minority Populations Project in Kosovo
      Vacancy for Consultancy for Final Evaluation of Minority Populations Project "Empowerment of Roma, Ashkaeli and Egyptian communities in Kosovo"


      07/04/2009 - CARE International Kosovo (CIK) would like to contract the services of an individual/organization to undertake a final evaluation of the effects and impact of the "Empowerment of Roma, Ashkaeli and Egyptian Communities in Kosovo" Project in terms of its contribution in addressing some of the causes underlying the discrimination and exclusion of the Roma, Ashkaeli and Egyptian (RAE) minority population in Kosovo. The project tackles a number of critical factors that prevent their stabilisation and re-integration into Kosovo society such as their unequal access to health and education services, poverty of income and unemployment, and the lack of strong and effective civil society organizations with the capacity to advocate for the fulfillment of their needs, concerns and expectations.  The project is being implemented in the Regions of Prishtinë/Pristina, Pejë/Pec, Gjilan/Gnjilane and Mitrovicë/Mitrovica and had a significant rely and cooperation with municipal government authorities. 


      Read more on http://www.oneworld.nl/Vacaturebank/Betaald_Werk/jobopening/4785/Consultant_for_Final_Evaluation_of_Minority_Populations_Project_in_Kosovo


      OSI Fellowship

      The Open Society Fellowship supports individuals seeking innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Institute and in the world.

      A fellow's contribution may take several forms. A fellowship project might identify a problem that has not previously been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Fellows should take advantage of the considerable intellectual and logistical resources of the Open Society Institute in carrying out their projects.

      More details are available on:
      http://www.soros. org/initiatives/ fellowship
      Ederlezi celebration in Perth Western Australia
      04/04/2009 - For more info, a bigger picture of the poster and more news from Australia go to http://www.sintiromanicommunity.org
      Author: Yvonne Slee

      Roma Virtual Network (RVN) is a public organization affiliated with the International Romani Union (IRU). It is aimed to provide the international Roma community and related non-Roma organizations with useful information on Roma issues in variety of languages via the Internet. The activity of RVN actively helps facilitate the cooperation and exchange of information within Roma organizations and individuals, between Roma and non-Roma organizations and individuals and also between Roma civil society and official institutions. It relates with the variety of Roma-related political, cultural, economic and social issues on local and international levels. It is aimed to support the improvement of the Roma situation in Europe and other regions of the world.
      Roma Virtual Network (RVN) is officially recognized and registered as public organization (No. 580478410) according to the decision of Certification Organizations Registry within the Israeli Ministry of Justice.


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