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Text of imprisoned anarchists in solidarity with the comrades on hunger and thirst strike – Koridallos prison, Athens – Greece
This morning 5.1.17 two anarchist comrades K.A and the member of Revolutionary
Struggle Pola Roupa are caught by the cops.
Comrade Pola fell in their hands having her son with her, who they
separated from his mother and are keeping him in the juvenile
Behind the screams of the crows of tv and the laurels political
superiors expect for their “new success”, hides the callous brutality of
the state mechanism. Both towards the comrades who we know very well
what methods of psychological and physical violence they are
experiencing right now, but especially against the 6year old child they
are using as leverage.
No one should doubt where their vengeance could reach in this war. The
only obstacle can be solidarity. Solidarity on a political as well as on
a human level, against the mental torture of a young child who they
interrogate and deprive him of his familiar environment.
Left and right wing scumbags who are now in the political administration
of the capitalist machine, do not even think about continuing this
That stuff about institutionalizing the 6 year old child will remain in
the dirty mouths of the blackmailing cops and interrogators.
Immediate satisfying of the demand of the hunger and thirst strike by
anarchist P.Roupa and N.Maziotis.
Give the child to his relatives right now.
Solidarity to those who do not bow the head.
War against authority until social revolution and anarchy.
Dimitris Politis
Panagiotis Aspiotis
Giannis Mihailidis
Antonis Staboulos
Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos
Tasos Theofilou
Giorgos Karagiannidis
Alexandros Mitrousias
Grigoris Sarafoudis
Argiris Dalios
Fivos Harisis
Nikos Romanos
Grigoris Tsironis
Marios Seisidis
Kostas Sakkas
Giorgos Petrakakos
Spiros Christodoulou
Translated by Act for freedom now


Greece: Lambros-Viktoras Maziotis Roupas released from custody – Revolutionary Struggle comrades end hunger & thirst strike

After  4 days of hunger and thirst strike of 3 members of R.O. Revolutionary Struggle( Pola Roupa, Nikos Maziotis and Konstantina Athanasopoulou)we finally see an epilogue:

From InsurectionNews

According to Athens Indymedia a new order was issued by the prosecutor on 08.01.16 terminating the detention of Lambros-Viktoras Maziotis Roupas, the 6 year old son of Revolutionary Struggle members Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis, and awarding temporary custody of the child to his grandmother. The child has already left the hospital with his relatives. Comrades Pola Roupa, Nikos Maziotis and Konstantina Athanasopoulou have ended their hunger and thirst strike. A decision on final custody of the child will take place in six months time.


Pola Roupa and Konstantina Athanasopoulou were earlier this day 08.01.2017. transferred to the hospital, because of their health condition during this exhausting battle.

Solidarity actions took place all over Greece during this 4 days – people showing their support and solidarity with various gatherings, protests, letters, banners, graffiti. Also prisoners refuse to go in their cells and some of them wrote solidarity letters to the strikers, as well as other individuals  and organizations that condemned the Government, Minister of Justice, Health, and other responsible persons for holding and kidnapping a child and holding it non-legal in custody institutions isolated.

This precedent in treatment of the 6 year old child has seen as an act of class revenge and hatred to his parents because of their political choices of revolutionary armed struggle, and compares with dictatorship in Latin America as Dimitris Koufodinas, the member of 17N stated.

Solidarity Actions (via InsurectionNews):

07.01.17: Two OPKE (Group of Crime Prevention and Suppression) police vehicles ambushed in Exarcheia, Athens with Molotov cocktails, one OPKE vehicle completely destroyed.

07.01.17: 3 ATMs torched in Thessaloniki

06.01.17: Car torched outside the home of Tassos Tsakiridi, Deputy Mayor for Social Policy in the Neapoli-Sykies Municipality in Thessaloniki

Also on 06.01.17: NEA TV (TV News) station was occupied in Chania, Crete and 8 minute message was transmitted live in solidarity with the 3 imprisoned Revolutionary Struggle members on hunger & thirst strike:

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Statement of anarchist guerrilla Pola Roupa – Starts hunger and thirst strike 05/01/17 after arrest


I Panagiota (Pola) Roupa declare that I was and will be until I die an unrepentant enemy of the system. They have now put the child in the middle of this war and they punish him in order to get revenge against me. They have kidnapped my child and I don’ t know where he is since our arrest in the early morning.
We are at war, it is true. But them fighting against my child, by not allowing me or other close relatives to see him and by threatening to send him to an institution, is the most despicable act in this war. Those who are in the state apparatus are worms because they are fighting against a 6 year old child.
And I want to state that I have now begun a hunger and thirst strike to demand that the child is given to my mother and my sister. As for me I will remain the enemy until I die. And I will never yield. Long live the revolution!
Pola Roupa, 5/1/17
Act for freedom now notes:1547004433_7a4d5d742d_o
In the early morning hours of January 5th 2017, two Revolutionary Struggle members, fugitive comrade Pola Roupa and anarchist Konstantina Athanasopoulou were captured at a southern area of Athens. Anti-terrorist cops raided a hideout with Pola and her six-year-old son inside, while Konstantina was arrested in another house nearby.
After being forcibly removed from his mother, Lambros-Viktoras Maziotis Roupas—the small son of Revolutionary Struggle members Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa—is being held captive inside a children’s hospital in Athens guarded by cops…
In response to this, three Revolutionary Struggle members—Nikos Maziotis, the recaptured comrade Pola Roupa and the newly arrested Konstantina Athanasopoulou—have undergone hunger and thirst strike since January 5th, demanding that the six-year-old be immediately placed with his aunt and grandmother.
Konstantina’s statement:
“I am an anarchist, member of the armed revolutionary organization Revolutionary Struggle. The only terrorists are the State and the Capital. I refuse to eat and drink anything until the child of my comrades Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis is delivered to relatives of theirs.
Konstantina Athanasopoulou”


Audio: Update on the hunger strike of the political prisoners, March 2015 (Greece)

via 325

In solidarity to the imprisoned hunger strikers we have created and are sending you an audio file of updates related to the struggle of the hunger strikers in English. Please communicate this to as many counter-information blogs/sites/radios/media as possible.

Victory to the struggle of the hunger strikers.

(Audio file can be found here )


Update on the political prisoner’s hunger strike in the Greek prisons that begun on the 2nd of March.

Radiozones of subversive expression radio98fm.org presents a broadcast in English in order to propagate the hunger strike that is developing in the Greek state prisons since the 2nd of March, with a number of political and social prisoners on hunger strike with a common combative framework of claims while at the same time imprisoned members of CCF (Conspiracy of Cells of Fire) have also launched an indefinite hunger strike demanding the immediate release of their relatives and friends who have been vengefully imprisoned recently.

The claims of the hunger strike are:

– Withdrawal of the special anti-terrorist legislation and specifically the terrorist and criminal organization laws (laws187A and 187)
– Withdrawal of the special repressive laws (anti-hoodie law).
– Abolition of the C-type prisons.
– Delineation of the use and processing of DNA as evidence.
– Support of the popular demand for the immediate release of Savvas Xiros who is being slowly exterminated over the past 13 years by a vengeful state despite his extremely bad health.
– Immediate release of the relatives and family friends of imprisoned members of CCF.

Political prisoners Kostas Gournas (member of Revolutionary Struggle), Dimitris Koufontinas (member of 17N), and Nikos Maziotis (member of Revolutionary Struggle), the members of the Network of Imprisoned Fighters, Anastasios Theofilou, Yiorgos Karagiannidis, Argiris Dalios, Antonis Staboulos and Fivos Harisis are also on hunger strike with the above claims. Other members of the network will join the strike progressively. Social prisoners Mohamed Said Eltsibach, and Yiorgos Sofianides are also on strike claiming the abolition of C-Type high security prisons and the right to educational facilities that Sofianides has been deprived of.

The imprisoned members of C.C.F. Theofilos Mavropoulos, Yiorgos Nikolopoulos, Michalis Nikolopoulos, Panagiotis Argirou, Damiano Bolano, Haris Hatzimichelakis, Christos Tsakalos, Yiorgos Polidoros, Gerasimos Tsakalos and Olga Ekonomidou are also on hunger strike following the arrests of their relatives and family friends while one of the arestees, Aggeliki Spiropoulou, is also participating in their struggle.

In solidarity to the hunger strikers 2 women incarcerated in the prison of Neapoli, in Lasithi, Crete and anarchist Panos Michalakoglou have declared food abstention – while political prisoners from Turkey inmates in Greek prisons also joined the struggle of the political prisoners participating in a rolling hunger strike since the 11th of March.

Additionally, Grigoris Sarafoudis, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Dimitris Politis have also began hunger strike on 9th and 16th of March respectively. They are all members of the Network of Imprisoned Fighters, which, as already mentioned, has stated that more imprisoned fighters will join the hunger strike progressively.

It’s also worth mentioning that anarchist prisoners whose trials are still running, stated that they will abstain from trial procedure until the demands of the strikers are satisfied.

According to the latest information strikers’ health has become critical and some of them have already been transferred to hospital for close monitoring.

Actions in solidarity
In this context a number of actions in solidarity have taken place and will continue to occur and multiply as the hunger strike develops.
Soon after the hunger strike begun, solidarity assemblies were formed in many towns organizing actions at a local level in support to imprisoned hunger strikers.

On the 13th of March a Pan-hellenic Solidarity Action Day was organized followed by a number of actions in cities and towns all over the country while others also followed, namely in Chania, Rethimno, Heraklion, Veria, Lamia, Larisa, Thessaloniki, Agrinio, Volos, Mytilene, Karditsa, Trikala and many more.

Actions with a propagandist purpose (banners, posters, graffiti, solidarity texts, strikers’ statements, PA gatherings) have been realized in order to inform people of the struggle of hunger strikers, including direct interventions at local TV stations, radio stations, and other media close to the government.

Other actions have also taken place such as the symbolic occupation of the headquarters and other facilities of the government party Syriza at both central and local level.
Motorcycle demonstrations in solidarity with the hunger strikers that ended outside the prisons of Korydallos in Athens, Domokos in Larissa and Alikarnasos in Crete have also taken place, while demos and gatherings were also organized at a central level in many towns.

Other actions include occupations and interventions of academic and governmental buildings as well as direct actions such as incendiary attacks on governmental or security vehicles that will increase each passing day.

At the same time voices of solidarity with the struggle of the hunger strikers in Greek prisons have begun to be heard on an international level: from Madrid and Montevideo in Spain, to Uruguay and Chile where spontaneous actions of solidarity with banners and slogans have taken place, while more militant actions were carried out in Berlin with the torching of a squad car.

In this era of increased social and political repression we feel obliged to back the struggle of the Greek state hostages with all our strengths. It goes without saying that we will support their struggle with the communication and propagation of their claims and broadcast of the development of the hunger strike until the fulfillment of all their claims.


P.S 1 On 22 March solidarians occupied the radio station owned to the governmental party Siriza in Athens in solidarity to the struggle of the political prisoners who are on hunger strike. The sit in continues to date on 27 March transmitting continual updates on the development of the strike as well as interviews and declarations of the strikers.

P.S 2 On April 1st the Network of Imprisoned Fighters has called for an international call for revolutionary solidarity with the political prisoners on hunger strike since 2nd of March in Greece.

More information are to be found at: interarma.info, contrainfo.espiv.net, actforfree.nostate.net, 325.nostate.net and affiliated links.


Text written by the comrade – hunger striker Olga Ekonomidou from Sotiria hospital (Greece)

via 325

Inter Arma received and translated:

We’ve never fit into the laws, the rules, the habits of this world. Besides, it remains too “small” for us to fit in. We loved real life and freedom and these are what we will always fight for. And if today we’re on the 28th day of hunger strike, with the risk of losing our lives, from now on, it is because a life with no dignity, is simply not life at all. What could be more undignified if we did not defend, if we did not fight for those people who, for no benefit, no political theses and choices, they stood by us morally, all throughout our imprisonment, remaining Humans. So, this time we are fighting for them. To avoid their becoming the side effects of a war that they have never been accomplices in. So, let the arrows of democracy target its real enemies again. Once more, democracy saw to me being away from my comrades, as they all are spread out to different hospitals and prisons. But my heart and my soul is with them, every moment. Their strength is my strength during the struggle we together started and together we will end.






Olga Ekonomidou

Member of the R.O. – Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – FAI/IRF

“Sotiria” hospital


Athens: 1.2. announcement from the occupied Polytechnic School in Exarchia

Athens: First announcement from the occupied Polytechnic School in Exarchia, 1/12/2014


As of today December 1st, 2014, the Athens Polytechnic School is occupied so as to become another centre of solidarity and commitment to the struggle of anarchist hunger striker Nikos Romanos (since 10/11/2014), as well as the rest of the comrades who are on hunger strike in solidarity with Nikos – Yannis Michailidis (since 17/11), Dimitris Politis and Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos (since 1/12).

Nikos Romanos has been held hostage by the State since February 1st, 2013, after the double expropriation of a bank branch and the ELTA post office in Velventos, Kozani. His act is part of the polymorphous anarchist struggle against all those responsible for the pillaging enforced by the State and the Capital on the entirety of society.

The political choices of Nikos Romanos and his militant commitment to the struggle mark a continuation of the December 2008 revolt. He is struggling for a world without Power, without exploitation and bosses.

The struggle of the hunger striking prisoners for a breath of freedom, against the savagery of incarceration and the ever-increasing repression of the prison system (e.g. suspension and denial of furloughs, widespread use of solitary confinement, construction of new Type C maximum security prisons), goes side by side with the struggle of all repressed people against the subordination and the ravaging of our lives.

This occupation intends/aims to lend characteristics of an open, massive and combative focus of struggle to the liberated ground of the Athens Polytechnic School, alongside any other instance of fight that is directed towards vindicating the claims of Nikos Romanos (educational day release from prison) and towards the social liberation case in general.




Assembly of the occupied Polytechnic School

Athens: Second announcement from the occupied Polytechnic School after Exarchia riots, 2/12/2014

On the 2nd of December 2014, a demonstration took place in solidarity with anarchist comrade Nikos Romanos, prisoner on hunger strike since the 10th of November, demanding the granting of educational furloughs. Today’s march saw participation of thousands of people, some of whom later headed for the occupied Polytechnic School.

For us, the occupied ground of the Athens Polytechnic School is not a value in itself. On the contrary, it is yet another piece on the mosaic of dignity and resistance against all those who want to turn society into a graveyard. It is a piece on the mosaic of resistance against the modern-day totalitarianism that spreads its power over our lives; from the anarchists who have gone on a hunger strike, the mobilizations against maximum security prisons, and the hunger strikers from Syria, to all those who are fighting for dignity and freedom across the world.

We call on everyone in struggle to take any necessary initiative towards the vindication of hunger striker Nikos Romanos: from faculty occupations, to production blockades; from breaches of the media omerta, to attacks against the guardians of order.

Let’s rise to the challenge of our time in the face of state repression, contrary to rationales that want us to remain passive spectators and voters. Uncompromising solidarity with Nikos Romanos, who is on hunger strike since 10/11, and hunger strikers in solidarity Yannis Michailidis (since 17/11), Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos (since 1/12) and Dimitris Politis (since 1/12).



Assembly of the occupied Polytechnic School
Athens, 2/12/14

source 1, 2.





The Anarchist Nikos Romanos is one of us. He is one of those like us who rebelled against authority, against the law and order that wants people servants, of nationals and obedient, is the one who introduced what “law and order” is with the murder of his friend Alexandros Grigoropoulos by the dogs of the state Korkonea and Saralioti.

Comrade Romanos is not of those who confiscate the homes and property of the people as does the bank expropriated and sentenced. He did not find the laws to earn as we have politicians ethnic fathers robbing and murdering the people and workers to make the rich richer. He did not steal the salary and pension of any poor breadwinner as they do this with laws multinationals, bankers and businessmen servants, governments and parliamentarians. Did not found the laws depriving the bite out of the mouth of the poor the laws that kills and leads to suicide of  thousands of people, causing them to eat from garbage and sleep on the streets. Comrade Romanos is of those who are faced with dignity with the blows received from the slaves of the state and of the rich who are paid a seven hundred euros per month for the miserable job.

On Monday, November 10, the comrade has begun a hunger strike demanding the right to make use of the educational leave. Nikos Romanos such as Iraklis Kostaris doing hunger strike for the same reason are among the dozens of political prisoners and imprisoned fighters who are currently in Greek prisons at a time when the social policy of genocide that are imposed by capital and the state with occasion of the economic crisis linked with hardening repression in general and especially towards other inmates fighters many of whose are members of the armed revolutionary organizations and accused for armed struggle. The legislating of prisons type C with special detention conditions primarily for political prisoners and imprisoned fighters fits into this context. Every prisoner companion is one of us, so we consider that we are joining the fight for Freedom, the struggle for Social Liberation from the yoke of capital and the state, then the assertion of a claim is all.

Nikos Maziotis member of Revolutionary Struggle

prisons Diavaton


*translate: R.S.



In the adverse condition of imprisonment, where daily life is summarized
in the word subjugation, there are minimal means left to fight with.
Here where the prospect of complete liberation seems far, against the
total surrender they offer you as the only choice, come moments you
consider worthy of negotiation. No matter how foreign negotiating with
authority is to us. In no case however will we negotiate our anarchist
characteristics, we will not make a step back on the integrity of our
words, we will not sell out our struggle for which we are hostages of
the state.

Therefore even the self-destructive choice of hunger strike, which
wrinkles the humane facade of the state, is worthy. It consists a threat
to lay bare the murderous nature of the state, against its delusional
well-fed subjects. The murderous and tyrannical nature of authority, as
experienced by every living being that suffers and is murdered in the
factories, the war zones, the mine-trapped borders, the farms,
laboratories and abattoirs, the prisons and psychiatric clinics. And it
is worthy for any demand each hunger striker considers crucial for
themselves, whether it is about their living conditions, dignity, or
freedom. In this case, that my comrade and brother Nikos Romanos, is
putting his body as a barricade in order to demand ways out of the
asphyxiating condition of incarceration, I sought a way to express my
solidarity in practice. From the position I am in this present
situation, I decided to participate in the rotating hunger strike
beginning by us the comrades arrested after the double robbery in Velvedo. As of
today 17/11, I start a hunger strike until his demand is met.

This choice of ours intends to contribute to the further mobilization of
the comrades outside, in order to multiply and intensify the multiform
actions of solidarity, something that opens one more battle front with
the state, therefore also a scope of awareness of new comrades.

The hard times we are going through is another reason to fight harder
and not compromise.
Because the state will always form the social correlations making the
choice of individual or collective insurrection an object of tough
punishment, it is time to disengage from defeatist “realisms” and
“weighed up” decisions of retreat which always give ground to the enemy,
postponing the action for a future which inactivity itself makes it
inevitably more ominous.
It is necessary to overcome ourselves and the entrenched perceptions we
drag inside us.


Giannis Michailidis

ps;(Iraklis Kostaris, imprisoned member of the R.O. 17 November)
GJEP campaigner joins hunger strike against FL homeless hate laws


“Celebrity Chef” Arnold on Wednesday with Anonymous via http://www.homelesshatelaws.blogspot.com/

Our GJEP campaigner in FL, Ruddy, asked us to post this article from theNYT about Arnold Abbott, the 90-year-old man who is continually and purposefully defying the repressive laws coming out of Florida.

As far as I can tell, the laws attempt to privatize feeding the poor and homeless, which is about as shockingly far from the values of the commons as one can get, right?

Our NO GE trees campaigner is on a 24 hour hunger strike until midnight tonight in protest of what she and others see as homeless hate crime laws. She is based in Florida, which is also part of the wide swath of the Southeast that will be faced with GE eucalyptus trees if ArborGen’s USDA petition is approved.

20141113_223603Our campaigner reports: “Jillian [Pim, named in the NYT article, who is on day 15 of an extended hunger strike] will be at city hall all day doing a press conference before FNB and other groups continue to share food with the homeless in defiance of these inhumane laws. Jillian is asking that folks wear purple in solidarity with her and I talked to her yesterday, she is feeling pretty weak and could use all the support she can get.”

The NYT article takes the usual swerves left, right and center, but whenever you think this article is going off the road entirely, it comes back around. The photo with the article on the NYT website does a good job showing not only Abbott but also the wider movement around him.

Florida Finds Tricky Balance Over Feeding of the Homeless

By Lizette Alvarez and Frances Robles. New York Times. 12 November 2014.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As dusk settled over the city’s main beach, Arnold Abbott, frail but determined, broke the law late Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Abbott, a 90-year-old World War II veteran, stood on the pavement and piled tilapia and rice and beans on plates for dozens of homeless people. A crowd stood and watched, waiting to see what the police would do.

Read the whole article here.

Read more about the movement in FL and the hunger strikes here.


3rd October marks the day that the 1981 Hunger Strike ended officially



3rd October marks the day that the 1981 Hunger Strike ended officially.
Here is the list of all the POWs who participated in it.
________________________________________Those who died:

Bobby Sands (26)
Irish Republican Army and Member of Parliament
began hunger strike on 1 March 1981 and died on 5 May 1981 after 66 days without food
Francis Hughes (25)
Irish Republican Army
joined hunger strike on 15 March 1981 and died on 12 May 1981 after 59 days without food Raymond McCreesh (24)
Irish Republican Army
joined hunger strike on 22 March 1981 and died on 21 May 1981 after 61 days without foodPatsy O’Hara (23)
Irish National Liberation Army
joined hunger strike on 22 March 1981 and died on 21 May 1981 after 61 days without food

Joe McDonnell (30)
Irish Republican Army
joined hunger strike on 8 May 1981 and died on 8 July 1981 after 61 days without food

Martin Hurson (29)
Irish Republican Army
joined hunger strike on 28 May 1981 and died on 13 July 1981 after 46 days without food

Kevin Lynch (25)
Irish National Liberation Army
joined hunger strike on 23 May 1981 and died on 1 August 1981 after 71 days without food

Kieran Doherty (25)
Irish Republican Army and Teachta Dáil (TD; member of the Irish Parliament)
joined hunger strike on 22 May 1981 and died on 2 August 1981 after 73 days without food

Thomas McElwee (23)
Irish Republican Army
joined hunger strike on 8 June 1981 and died on 8 August 1981 after 62 days without food

Michael Devine (27)
Irish National Liberation Army
joined hunger strike on 22 June 1981 and died on 20 August 1981 after 60 days without food

Others Who Took Part in the Hunger Strike:

Brendan McLaughlin
Irish Republican Army
joined hunger strike on 14 May 1981 and was taken off the strike on 26 May 1981 when he suffered a perforated ulcer and internal bleeding

Paddy Quinn
Irish Republican Army
joined hunger strike on 15 June 1981 and was taken off the strike on 31 July 1981 by his family after 47 days without food

Laurence McKeown
Irish Republican Army
joined hunger strike 29 June 1981 was taken off the strike on 6 September 1981 by his family after 70 days without food

Patrick McGeown
Irish Republican Army
joined hunger strike on 9 July 1981 was taken off the strike on 20 August 1981 by his family after 42 days without food

Matt Devlin
Irish Republican Army
joined hunger strike on 14 July 1981 was taken off the strike on 4 September 1981 by his family after 52 days without food

Liam McCloskey
Irish National Liberation Army
joined hunger strike on 3 August 1981 and ended the strike on 26 September 1981 after 55 days without food when it became clear that his family would intervene to save his life if he became unconscious

Patrick Sheehan
Irish Republican Army
joined hunger strike on 10 August 1981 and ended the strike on 3 October 1981 after 55 days without food

Jackie McMullan
Irish Republican Army
joined hunger strike on 17 August 1981 ended the strike on 3 October 1981 after 48 days without food

Bernard Fox
Irish Republican Army
joined hunger strike on 24 August 1981 and was taken off the strike on 24 September 1981 when his medical condition deteriorated after 32 days without food

Hugh Carville
Irish Republican Army
joined hunger strike on 31 August 1981 and ended the strike on 3 October 1981 after 34 days without food

John Pickering
Irish Republican Army
joined hunger strike on 7 September 1981 and ended the strike 3 October 1981 after 27 days without food

Gerard Hodgkins
Irish Republican Army
joined hunger strike on 14 September 1981 and ended the strike on 3 October 1981 after 20 days without food

James Devine
Irish Republican Army
joined hunger strike on 21 September 1981 and ended the strike on 3 October 1981 after 13 days without food.


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