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EDIT: Some of the commenters seem to be missing the point I'm trying to get across. I drew about the violence against protesters, not the Mike Brown case. Reminded me of the Tiananmen Square incident so I felt an urge to draw about it, regretting my decision to post already.

referenced from and inspired by photographer Samuel Aranda
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littlesims2chick Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful...Absolutely touching and inspiring.
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rawmen Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AHHH this is so beautiful, all your art is just WOWOW

Did you reference this off an album cover by Crystal Castles ?? I reconize the pose ahh they're a good group
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visaga Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank u
lol no I don't know who they are.. I was browsing and found www.timesofisrael.com/shot-fro… which inspired me to draw. I should've given credit to the photographer huh?? : /
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rawmen Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o !! oH thats where the photo came from then omfg factmag-images.s3.amazonaws.co…

E h thats not a big deal, it still came out snazzy omfg
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visaga Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ohh lol nice!!

thank u
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SilverFickle Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
nice title..
tragic, beautiful art. The smoky gun holder is awesome.

I also hope things will be better for them soon.
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umatbru Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Fergunson? don't you mean ferguson?
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visaga Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yes "gun" son, get it? ahahahaha .. ok nevermind
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FallingGlitter Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student
I really like this piece, it's really moving.

I feel I shouldn't really take sides, but in my opinion he shouldn't have died.

I mean, if he was threatening, did he have a weapon?
Were you in fret of your life, so that gave you the right to shoot him?
Are you proud to wear your uniform, knowing you just starting an uproar?
What ever happened to " You should be considered innocent until it can be proved that you are guilty. If you are accused of a crime, you should always have the right to defend yourself. Nobody has the right to condemn you and punish you for something you have not done."
If he did rob the store, If he did attack you, I can think of many different ways to get him to stop without bloodshed, why did you think it was necessary to kill a young man who was guilty of something that could be resolved in court? 


I feel those questions should be asked to the officer who shot him. 

I hope the officer realizes he in now a murderer, and will forever have a young boy's blood on his hands that will never be removed, but shall forever stain his hands.

I feel humanity has failed when we have to protest about  this telling why this is wrong.

No one should be given the right to kill, from police officer, to a normal person, to any human being on earth.

But to in order justice or peace, it seems we have to kill off the evil or something.

This makes me very upset and I'm trying not to take sides, but this is clearly messed up.
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brechdaslicht Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hadn't heard of the Ferguson incident until now. I just wanted to tell you that here in Athens, Greece, about 6 years ago, a police officer shot a 16 year old (or maybe 17?) for no apparent reason. There was some sort of commotion downtown and eyewitnesses said that the boy was simply hanging out with a couple of friends doing nothing and the police officer turned up out of the blue and started shouting at him because he thought he was involved and then he shot him. He died immediately. The policeman of course denied shooting him (he said he fired a warning shot towards the sky -bear with me here- and the bullet actually fell to the floor, bounced up and pierced the boy's heart) but it was later proved he shot him. While the investigation was still going on, he was free to roam around and serve in the police force.
To this day people still talk about it and protest on the anniversary of his death. That's really strange though because far worse things happen every single day. 
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true...
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tika88ful Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, by reading the comments makes me sad by how you're getting beat down by your own opinion.
I'm sorry for all the hate comments :c
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Stormangel13 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 26, 2014   General Artist
Actually it was not for lack of reason. I live in the state this happened he ROBBED a store convience and brutally attacked the cop the guy almost lost an eye. The scumbag known as micheal brown was walking in the street obstructing traffic when he and his friend were asked to move out of the street by the officer. They in return responded by attacking him and rushing his vehicle and trying to take his gun. You don't sound like a gossiping housewife you sound ignorant, oblivious, and are uninformed. The riots have destroyed business and lives. If you really thought speaking out against racism your are not speaking out against.  Yuou are making things worse by putting a false skew on it with no real information or deliberately disseminating the wrong information. You talk about checking it on google, how about you actaully do that yourself since it is obivious by your biased opinion you did not. This garbage of he was doing nothing wrong is false and untrue.
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Wailore Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  New member Student Artist
This is obviously not an argument this study is making. Let him voice his opinion. You don't want to get beaten to your knees-beaten in the ground for something your abuser doesn't understand, do you? Art is full of feeling. So be it. Let it continue.
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Stormangel13 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015   General Artist
First of good job necroing a long dead thread. The argument had nothing do with the art, but the misinformation that was being spread about the events.
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Wailore Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  New member Student Artist
It's okay for me to comment on the long-dead thread. I am exercising my language use and control of rambling. C:
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The-Booboochus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not to be rude, but I couldn't help but add in my two cents. You see, I don't entirely believe that Mike was innocent, but I wasn't there.

There are too many people on either side claiming a story, so we don't know which is true.

However, responding so rudely wasn't necessary. I can see how this would anger you- I don't even agree that the police are now being treated more and more like scrum, but still. There are many sources out there claiming different things, so unless you witnessed it yourself, I'm afraid it's very hard to take your word.

(But I only responded because I'm not the only one who isn't looking at it like Mike was innocent.)
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Stormangel13 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014   General Artist
I responded rude, because I am sick of hearing about living here where it happened. You realize the only reason you heard anything was the guy was black. Had it been a black cop shooting a black thug or white on white you would of heard nothing. It is rasicm running rampant because if the media was going to actually be impartial and not put their spin on it. The wouldn't have even reported the skin color.

Even if the guy was innocent the riots that broke out and still are breaking out though not nearly as bad. Involving looting, destruction and utter choas are not warranted. Her comparing this Tiananmen Square really? A protest that was started originally over mourning a man they viewed as democratic and helping the people. It is not even remotely the same.

(Thank you for not just believing he was innocent)
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The-Booboochus Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I really dislike that. Everyone claims to be for equality, but instead, if a white does something to a black, he's suddenly a racist. I mean, yeah there are times when cops overreact or are racist. But this is old.

There actually was a case once where a white officer was called in to get a black lady out of a motel because she refused to leave and want paying her rent. After forcing the door open, she (a big woman who can't easily be stopped) comes at him with a knife. He goes in self defense, kills her with that single shot, and is branded a racist.

I actually never read the description like that. When I looked I only saw ".". And to be honest, I'm not even sure what that is. You be honest, this whole situation is ridiculous at this point. What really annoys me is people treating cops as racist scum.
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visaga Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is what you are saying true? I fear I have made a horrible mistake but I'm not sure if I can believe you or not because there are so many different angles and opinions facing this situation. It's all extremely confusing.
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Stormangel13 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014   General Artist
You can thank the media for the opposing views. He was caught on tape robbing the convience store. He was also caught on the officer's dash cam. The fact is we don't have all the facts yet and we won't for a while an investigation is not just an instant process like CSI or other crime shows like to portray. If it is so confusing then you should not have portrayed it the way you did.

The facts that are in he did rob a convience store.

He was walking the the street obstructing justice, and he was asked to move.

The officer was in the hospital treated for head injuries and nearly loosing an eye.

Living in the state it happened since I don't give my exact location over a post online, we got different information then rest of the world, we also had to hear about the situation locally every five minutes, and warning to avoid area where rioting was happening. Is racism a problem yes, but it is not just here, try looking up racism in South Africa, or even just across the border. However, when people go out their way in the media to site specially skin color that just progates racism, not solves it.
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visaga Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes he was caught robbing a store on tape, but supposedly the cop didn't know that. And I think you are misunderstanding my artwork here. I'm trying to show the injustice in arresting and injuring innocent protesters, journalists etc (innocents did get hurt among the not so innocent protesters), not to show how Mike Brown is the innocent one, but I did believe he was innocent before so thank you for clearing this up for me.

Apparently the officer left the hospital very early and never showed evidence to his injuries but you might be right.

Haha my bad, I got carried away while writing the description but yes I do believe the Ferguson event is not a very good example for racism. Although I believe that by bringing awareness to events involved with racism, sexism, all those movements it helps others to watch out for it, identify and prevent it.
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The-Booboochus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There are two angles to look at it, actually.

One is what people call the white conservative, where he was indeed threatening and the cop is more or less innocent.

The other is the democratic view, where he was innocent and shot for no good reason.

I fear we won't know for sure, because we have his friends saying he's innocent, while the cop has his partner telling the other story.

(Btw the two titles I used for the two sides are more or less accurate, but I got them from tumblr)
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visaga Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha white conservative and democratic, nice : D well in the end both sides are rooting for their side. I hope this gets cleared up soon.
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The-Booboochus Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Likewise. Too many people aren't looking into it clearly, though, because each side tells a very diff story. I honestly want it to go away and for people to stop making the police force sound like it's 95% racist scum.
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visaga Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah while I think some of the police are racist (the things they've said) not all of them are racist. Tbh while I think Mike Brown is innocent I think Wilson is too in that he panicked and pulled the trigger
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The-Booboochus Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah- too many people are now claiming nearly any white police officer is racist. Like the white man is the enemy now.

Another story is, actually, that Mike Brown DID in fact attack Wilson, and Wilson even had to go to the hospital it was so bad. So I mean...

I honestly am just putting this up as everyone screws up so let's leave it as that.
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Laenri Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
I heard that he was acting really thuggish and was threatening people when he got shot, and he was shot because he wouldn't stop acting threatening/stand down o_o
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visaga Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Are we talking about Mike, the kid who said he didn't want to join his football team because he didn't want to hurt anyone? idk what to think anymore
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Laenri Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Might be a dif kid I was thinking of. The one I think of was shot like 10 times by the police on a side walk because "He was acting like a thug and wouldn't stop being aggressive even when officers told him to stop, so they felt threatened" etc. I dont know the full story, just what rumours are and stuff.

I dunno. I just find the whole situation in ferguson to be really stretched out of proportion on both sides ><
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visaga Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah a lot of accounts describe him as such and he got shot 6 times, so we could be on the same line.

Ikr pray that it'll get cleared up and soon!
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AlizeePwnzU Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
A kid who wouldn't listen to a command because he was out past curfew.

Yes the injustice right?

African Americans will never move forward acting like this. The citizen's couldn't even protest without violence. Being loud and disorderly after something like this happens doesn't help either. 

I like your art, but you act as if what you are stating are facts. This is a very iffy case. What if he wasn't in the streets after curfew? What if he would have just listened to the officer? What if he wouldn't have resisted EVEN if the officer was wrong. 

This is just going to start arguments.
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visaga Featured By Owner Edited Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what are you talking about. Mike Brown was not shot because of curfew, I think you should investigate before trying to argue your case
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AlizeePwnzU Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
My mistake yeah, but way to take one sentence of a long discussion and use it to void the real facts.
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visaga Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
a bit hypocritical seeing your reply to trickbit, hmm? I don't think we can discuss anything until something is actually confirmed, as you said, this is a very iffy case so I'd rather not argue with a stranger online about it.
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AlizeePwnzU Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Yeah, if it were just the case then I'd agree with a lot of these people. This is about stereotypes and responsibility for me at this point. The suburb and city that the people are protesting is definitely known for something other than being angels.
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visaga Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, although I tend to think that acting like that is due to education, poverty, upbringing etc instead of race
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LeightonRB Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014   Digital Artist
"A kid who wouldn't listen to a command because he was out past curfew."

Are you fucking kidding me? So he deserves to get shot multiple times in the back? There were witnesses, he wasn't doing anything to provoke such a violent response! Even if he was resisting so fucking what? Drunk assholes resist all the time and you don't hear about them getting shot up by cops. 

Police have rules and regulations to follow to keep themselves and everyone else safe, unless Mike Brown pulled a gun or was brandishing a knife (within 21 feet of someone else) a police officer has NO RIGHT to shoot to kill in such a manner. 

This isn't an iffy case, Mike Brown was shot point black in front of MULTIPLE witnesses and the citizens have every right to be angry when they try to cover it up. The police are trying to prevent any sort of documentation or media to see what's happening because even they know it's fucked up. 


"African Americans will never move forward acting like this. The citizen's couldn't even protest without violence. Being loud and disorderly after something like this happens doesn't help either."

Christ, okay so white people would handle this situation better huh? The police are attacking peaceful protesters, anyone who looks at them funny right now is being targeted. Especially black people regardless of their actions.

Just a tad racist don't you think? I'm not even going to go into that because quite frankly that statement just makes you an asshole who generalizes without understanding any of the shit behind it. Yes I know the statistics, but it's not like most black people are given the same opportunity as white people. Minorities are still treated poorly in America and there are so many other factors. 


I don't care about getting into an argument and don't plan on responding to any replies I get about this, what you said was really ignorant and kinda fucked up, just wanted to point that out. 
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AlizeePwnzU Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
"Christ, okay so white people would handle this situation better huh?"

Through opinion and statistical observation. Yes.
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queerponies Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So being out past curfew is a crime punishable by death?
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Assasin-Kiashi Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Mike Brown was falsely accused of shop-lifting and shot by a police officer 6 times to death, even though he raised his arms when asked for attention. The subject of racism is mainly from this officer who has been speculated to commit his actions on said bias, supported by being known to have previously been part of a different police force that disbanded due to issues with racist officers, one of which may of been himself. Other than this, the subject of racism hasn't come up anywhere else.
because of this they then imposed a curfew.

the protestors did NOTHING violent, but where blamed by the police for everything that happened, such as outsiders taking advantage of the police not doing their jobs and looting stores. there is video evidence of police officers saying 'I'll shoot your fucking brains out' and answering 'go fuck yourself' when asked for their identity, something which is completely legal.
the equipment that those police had was more lethal and in higher quantities than that given to the current American soldiers invading Iraq.

yes, some parts of the case are iffy, but this is mostly in a negative for the police, the 'security footage' that the police have used to try and prove that Mike was aggressive, even though witnesses have denied this. the police have been to have un-doubtably have lied on details, claiming they did not use weapons such as tear gas and rubber pellets, when it has been proven they did. In fact, photos have also reveal that the rubber pellets are actually METAL balls covered in a thin rubber coat, and they also tear gassed insides homes, including those that possibly weren't even participating in the protest.

the citizens DIDN'T cause any violence, but the police did. People feared for their lives because the police's actions, which completely contradicts their purpose, which is to protect and ensure the people's safety.
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AlizeePwnzU Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Look, take the protest away from this. Take this case away from it. It stands for something much larger.

If black people want to treated without a stereotype. They should urge their culture to not be one negative statistic. They will take a case like this and blow it right out of the water and make it a problem for everyone. Other people aren't responsible for their crimes and drugs. The family issues. When given the opportunity they never take it. Call me a racist, but I have many black friends in real life. I'm not one of those internet people who just say that either. I grew up in Birmingham, AL then moved to Atlanta, GA. This case is near to my heart. It represents more than Mike Brown. A racist isn't when statistics show that something isn't right. There is a perfect reason to be weary of how the African Americans are twisting this story.

What I want is change. I'm tired of excuses. Their culture will hold on to this and the Martin case for history. Ultimately, how much does it affect one's life? Not much. They statistically will not do what they are expected to do as a society. Then they will use a million examples like this as an excuse.
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Assasin-Kiashi Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
In this case, the problem is that honestly, white people do a lot of these criminal activities and get away with it, but if a black person does the exact same thing they're immediately targeted. It's been tested too, they've held experiments such as having actors pretend to steal a bike. a white male wasn't told off, a black male was told off IMMEDIATELY, and a white female was GIVEN ADVICE on how to do it.

Just yesterday I saw a post on tumblr from somebody who witness a white girl who ran a red light and hit a black man with her car.The black man limped with a mangled leg to lie against a wall. the girl immediately stopped and admitted what they did, but they got in absolutely no trouble, and the entire crowd that was surrounding was all saying 'that poor girl' despite the man being the one in the worse state. when he got attention from paramedics, they acted hostile towards him for no reason.

Black people AREN'T the only ones who commit crimes, as white people do these crimes just as much, but they only punish black people because apparently, 'they're the only bad people', and a therefore misrepresented.

it's not fair at all to blame black people for how they are treated when it's not their fault.
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AlizeePwnzU Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Scale the populations and it isn't even close.

www.ronunz.org/2013/07/20/race…

Ther are millions of sources for this... Say average crime per 10 blacks or per 10 Whites/Asians/Hispanics. The statistics are alarming and not even close...
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Assasin-Kiashi Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
the problem is that the statistics are based on what's recorded, and believe it or not, when white people commit crimes, it's not recorded, because they're white. Statistics usually are a reliable source for facts, but when they're based on subjects that can be affected by bias such as 'who commits crime', they can be iffy.
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AlizeePwnzU Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
I agree with this, but on a whole people were generally arrested by the numbers. For instance, there are obviously a lot more whites than blacks. A lot more whites were arrested than blacks. 

One thing the statistics can't cover up however, are the murder rates.
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Aerozerx Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We'll be having these disputes for quite a bit longer it seems. I heard about the incident from a friend of mine. It's dreadful.
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SnowInHades Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Powerful...
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preparedfornothing Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student General Artist
I really like this painting, it's very moving and heartbreaking and symbolic :heart: 
I do want to comment on the emotion you included in drawing this. It really tells a story. I love it and I would like to see more of it in your beautiful paintings. :D I just notice that the craftsmanship of each and every one of your pieces is amazing, however I don't sense a lot of emotion in them. :shrug: 
Artwork tells a story without words, and emotion is a huge part of that. You have every other part nailed! :D 
this isn't a criticism at all, just a tip  
((My point is that I would love to see the emotion you showed here in other paintings as well. Sorry, I'm really tired)) 
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visaga Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok ((: more emotion then
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