While large telescopes are not ordinarily awarded to universities without well established astronomers, Jefferies and UH were awarded the NASA contract, infuriating Kuiper who felt that "his mountain" had been "stolen" from "him". Kapulei Flores is documenting the Protect Mauna Kea movement. With protectors of Mauna Kea wanting telescope construction stopped and TMT officials determined to proceed, there's a deadlock. "If we go away, these issues remain. While the summit is often covered with snow the air itself is extremely dry. Under Article 12, Section 7 of Hawaii's constitution, the state protects Native Hawaiians' rights to practices related to cultural, religious and subsistence practices. Classes at Puʻuhuluhulu University are taught by kiaʻi (protectors) of Maunakea, community members, and professors at the University of Hawaiʻi. The Mauna Kea is Hawaii's tallest mountain. The online petition has currently gathered over 278,057 signatures worldwide. © 2021 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. The nonviolent protest did not stop or block any people but when the ceremony for the ground breaking began, protesters interrupted the blessing, stopping the proceedings as well as the groundbreaking. [15] Over the years, the opposition to the observatories may have become the most visible example of the conflict science has encountered over access and use of environmental and culturally significant sites. On the Mauna Kea access road in front of what is now known as the kupuna (elders) tent there is daily protocol at 8am, 12noon and 5:30pm, in which protectors and visitors are able to learn and participate in Hawaiian cultural practices such as oli (chant), hula, and hoʻokupu (offerings). A Sacred Place is Mauna Kea "Mauna Kea holds a special place on Earth, as it stands as a place of peace and Aloha, not just for Hawai`i but for the world." Tests on Maui's Haleakalā were promising but the mountain was too low in the inversion layer and often covered by clouds. Community outreach by TMT, Squires said, has led the organization to launch a fund to boost STEM education on the Big Island, as well as a Workforce Pipeline Program to support low-income and first-generation college students. Since current protests began around July 15, when state and local officials were scheduled to close off the access road so trucks could begin construction, about 10,000 to 15,000 protectors have come to the mountain, according to organizers with Pu’uhonua o Pu’uhuluhulu. At the University of Hawaii Manoa, hundreds of students lined the streets for blocks and, one by one, they passed the stones from the student taro patch of the university's Center on Hawaiian Studies down the human chain to the lawn in front of the office university president, David Lassner, where the stones were used to build an ahu (the altar of a heiau) as a message to the university. Jefferies would build a 2.24 meter telescope with the State of Hawaii agreeing to build a reliable, all weather roadway to the summit. Protesting on Mauna Kea is not any small feat. [77] The grassroots establishment of Puʻuhuluhulu University at Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu has created a platform for the lāhui (Hawaiian Nation) and facilitators of the University to co-create a reciprocal and place-based style approach to learning that is accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. The proceedings were interrupted when the official caravan encountered several dozen demonstrators picketing and chanting in the middle of the roadway. For the love of the Mauna, as one with the Mauna, together we rise. 11 more protesters were arrested at the summit. “I think we've kind of altered what's possible in Hawaii and what's possible for ourselves," Beamer said. Born Was the Mountain "See you on the Mauna" - Sudden Rush. Once access was opened up by the roadway to the summit, skiers began using it for recreation and objected when the road was closed as a precaution against vandalism when the telescopes were being built. Cultural practitioners who say they stand in protection of Mauna Kea, as a sacred Native Hawaiian site, have been protesting telescope development on the mountain since it first began in the 1960s. On Hawaii's Big Island, protests against the construction of a 18-story telescope atop a dormant volcano that some Native Hawaiians consider sacred have drawn thousands. Ige and the Department of Transportation issued a press release informing the public of upcoming closure of Mauna Kea access road beginning July 15 in order to move large construction equipment to the TMT construction site. All photos will be compiled to display a stand of solidarity for the protection of Mauna Kea and all sacred places. [75] Due to the altitude and harsh weather conditions at Puuhonua o Puuhuluhulu, the Mauna Medics treat illnesses such as hypothermia, sunburn, and dehydration. [81] Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu's noon protocol has also had Jason Momoa, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Damien Marley, Jack Johnson, and other celebrities participate and give hoʻokupu (offerings) of solidarity to the Mauna Kea protectors.[82][83][84]. Last October, the state supreme court approved TMT's conservation district use permit for the project. [79] One of the most consistent courses offered at Puʻuhuluhulu University is Hawaiian Language. [40] Pisciotta, a former telescope systems specialist technician at James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, is one of several people suing to stop the construction[41] and is also director of Mauna Kea Anaina Hou. [93][94][95] On July 20, 2019 an online petition titled "A Call to Divest Canada's Research Funding for the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea" has been posted on Change.org. Scientists selected Mauna Kea in 2009 after a five-year worldwide search for the ideal site. Beginning in late March 2015 demonstrators halted construction crews near the visitors center, again by blocking access of the road to the summit of the mountain. Project Manager, Gary Sanders stated that TMT agreed to the one-week stop for continued dialogue. The controversy dates to 1893, when Hawaii's constitutional monarch, Queen Liliʻuokalani, was overthrown with U.S. support. The rise of a new, global, indigenous left. Mauna Kea protests police presence backed by appeals court February 2, 2021 KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii appellate court has ruled that Hawaii County’s police chief was within his authority when he requested help from police in other counties during the 2019 protests over the Thirty Meter Telescope. Critics argue the ruling violates residents' constitutional rights to a healthy environment, including the Judge Michael Wilson, who wrote the dissenting opinion. The project was expected to be completed by 2024, nearly simultaneously with the 39-meter Extremely Large Telescope being built in Chile; however, on December 2, 2015, the Supreme Court of Hawaii invalidated the TMT's building permits. The group raised several other concerns such as environmental over native insects, the question of Ceded lands and an audit report, critical of the mountain's management. The proposal was for a two-meter telescope to serve both the needs of NASA and the university. [53] Construction was halted for one week at the request of Hawaii state governor David Ige on April 7, 2015 after the protest on Mauna Kea continued and demonstrations began to appear over the state. Using town hall meetings, Jefferies emphasized the economic advantage and prestige the island would receive. A planned ceremony at the base of the mountain was scheduled by the group, Mauna Kea Anaina Hou, in opposition of the telescope[46] and in a press release dated that day, the organization Sacred Mauna Kea stated: "Native Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians will gather for a peaceful protest against the Astronomy industry and the State of Hawaii’s ground-breaking ceremony for a thirty-meter telescope (TMT) on the summit of Mauna Kea. [27], The Audubon Society objected to further development on Mauna Kea over concerns to habitat of the endangered palila, an endemic species to only specific parts of this mountain. Native Hawaiians in 1897 gathered 21,269 signatures for a petition against annexation, according to the National Archives, and shared it with the U.S. Senate. On December 2, 2015, the Supreme Court of Hawaii invalidated the TMT's building permits, ruling that due process was not followed when the Board of Land and Natural Resources approved the permit before the contested case hearing. David Ige announced that law enforcement would vacate the area. The Apology Resolution, signed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, helped fuel the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, but Native Hawaiians still do not have a sovereign agreement with the United States. Still, Mangauil, a leader of the movement to protect Mauna Kea, describes demonstrations — which sometimes swell to thousands — as a reminder that Native Hawaiians are a living people and not a history topic. [citation needed] Native Hawaiian academics from various fields have also voiced their opposition to the telescope and participated in the protests themselves, such as Oceanographer Rosie Alegado. [26] Opposition to development grew shortly after expansion of the observatories commenced. Kealoha Pisciotta, a protest leader, said she was cautiously optimistic when Saiki called on UH to end its pursuit of a new master lease for the Mauna Kea summit. After testing, he discovered the low humidity was perfect for infrared signals. Opposition to building on Mauna Kea is nothing new. But Mauna Kea is the preferred site, and Squires said TMT recognizes the telescope has prompted conversations about sovereignty and historical injustices against Native Hawaiians, such as the suppression of their culture and language. Kealoha Pisciotta, president of Mauna Kea Anaina Hou viewed the development as positive but said opposition to the project would continue. On September 28, 2017, the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources approved the TMT's Conservation District Use Permit. "It's a constant battle. The Mauna Medics hui was co-founded by Dr. Kalama O Ka Aina Niheu in 2017 order to provide medical assistance should any of the protector need medical assistance. Concern was raised over the content of the email, with the wording of "a horde of native Hawaiians" to describe the protesters considered to be problematic and potentially racist. On July 16, thirteen astronomical facilities on the mountain stopped activities and evacuated their personnel. "They are very detrimental to this ecosystem, which is directly connected to why it is detrimental culturally," he said. Opinion:Why protecting Mauna Kea in Hawai'i is a crucial fight for native rights. making a stand to be caretakers of their native land, TMT's conservation district use permit for the project, 34 arrested in protest of massive telescope on sacred Hawaiian peak, Actor Jason Momoa has spent his summer protesting construction of telescope in Hawaii, Why protecting Mauna Kea in Hawai'i is a crucial fight for native rights, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. In 2015 University of California astronomers sent out a mass email urging other astronomers to support the TMT through a petition written by a native Hawaiian science student. [71] Situated on a 38-acre conservation district directly across from the Mauna Kea access road, Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu have access to food, medical supplies, education, cultural practices and ceremony. [92] An open letter was also published and signed by nearly 1,000 members of the scientific community that takes no position on the siting of TMT on Maunakea, but denounces "the criminalization of the protectors on Maunakea". [72], Kapu Aloha is the governance model for Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu. On October 7, 2014 the groundbreaking for the telescope was being live streamed via webcam. Thirteen telescopes already exist on Mauna Kea, a clear sign of the volcano's value to astronomers, but Mangauil said protectors want the desecration to end. [13][14], After studying photos for NASA's Apollo program that contained greater detail than any ground based telescope, Gerard Kuiper began seeking an arid site for infrared studies. Surveys suggest TMT supporters do exist in the state, however. [54] Pisciotta also stated that the protests would continue to be within a Kapu Aloha; "moving in Aloha with steadfast determination". Both the contested hearing case and the Hawaii Supreme Court rejected the arguments asserted by the protesters, finding them to be without merit. The next year, Congress passed the Newlands Resolution, a joint resolution of annexation that Beamer describes as a domestic U.S. law, not a treaty. There are a number of authorized and security dangers concerned, particularly contemplating how brutal the circumstances are on the mountain. As a result, no sovereign leader officially speaks for all Native Hawaiians, presenting a challenge in the telescope conflict, TMT's Squires said. HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii has spent about $15 million to ensure safe access to Mauna Kea during an ongoing protest of a giant telescope project, the governor said. The Thirty Meter Telescope protests are a series of protests and demonstrations that began on the Island of Hawaii over the choosing of Mauna Kea for the site location of the Thirty Meter Telescope. The Board of Land and Natural Resources essentially decided, Kalama said, that the TMT does not affect those practices. Hunters voiced concerns as did the Hawaiian Audubon Society who were supported by Governor George Ariyoshi. A 2006 proposal for the Outrigger Telescopes to become extensions of the Keck Observatory was canceled after a judges determination that a full environmental impact statement must be prepared before any further development of the site. Even as a child looking up from his home on the northern slope of the mountain, Mangauil recounted thinking telescopes shouldn't be there. This was granted on September 28, 2018. "Combined with knowing the truth of our history — which was kept from us for so long — and now recognizing our mana, our own power, that excites me to think about the future of aloha 'aina in Hawaii and the ways we can collaborate across the world.”. The Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu boundaries were secured through ceremony and the approval of the Royal Order of Kamehameha, establishing a site of protection, sanctuary and refuge for Mauna Kea protectors. [92] In an online petition, a group of Canadian academics, scientists, and students have called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau together with Industry Minister Navdeep Bains and Science Minister Kirsty Duncan to divest Canadian funding from the project. In an increasingly familiar refrain, recent protests over the construction of a new telescope atop Mauna Kea are casting light on indigenous peoples and … Heavy equipment had already been placed near the site. Protesters block the main access road to Mauna Kea in Hawaii. NASA, in turn decided to make the project open to competition. Scientists have a different take: Mauna Kea's climate and location make it an ideal site for astronomy, and this telescope could play a critical role in helping to find signs of extraterrestrial life. Mauna Kea was announced as TMT's preferred site in 2009. The Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory picked Mauna Kea as its first choice for the project in 2009, leading to nearly a decade of legal challenges and approval processes. [42], As of April, 2015, two separate legal appeals were still pending. The TMT, a $1.4 billion[4] ground-based, large segmented mirror reflecting telescope grew from astronomers' prioritization in 2000 of a thirty-meter telescope to be built within the decade. Mauna Kea Protests: Native Hawaiian Activists Are Fighting for Their Sacred Land. "We're always facing the difficulty in having those practices and rights be recognized," Kalama said. Building began in 1967 and first light seen in 1970. [77] The common goal across the wide variety of courses is the intent to uplift the community with ʻike Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian knowledge) through their teachings. Protesters continue their opposition vigil against the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope at Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii Friday, July 19, 2019. The issue of native peoples, their religious freedom and rights in regards to authority for large science-based projects has become a major issue to contend with. Under Kapua aloha there is a subset of rules that include:[73]. [3] Opposition to the project began shortly after the announcement of Mauna Kea as the chosen site out of 5 proposals. Kamahana Kealoha of the group Sacred Mauna Kea stated that over 100 demonstrators had traveled up to the summit to camp overnight, to be joined by more protesters in the early morning to blockade crews. Protests began locally within the state of Hawaii on October 7, 2014 but went global within weeks of the April 2, 2015 arrest of 31 people who had blockaded the roadway to keep construction crews off the summit. The summit area is also believed to be where the gods reside, according to the sate supreme court. Current astronomy facilities already threaten Mauna Kea's fragile ecosystem, according to The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance, and have destroyed habitats for native species. Seeing numerous new faces blocking the access road up Mauna Kea, Mangauil told USA TODAY, takes his breath away. 'Stop the desecration':Actor Jason Momoa has spent his summer protesting construction of telescope in Hawaii. With that timeline, Kalama said the project may not generate jobs in the long-term for natives, who hold their own ties to astronomy from their ancestors navigating by the stars. Some, such as Damian Marley, Jason Momoa, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Johnson and Ezra Miller traveled to the location and participated in the protests. The organization is going through the regulatory steps to build a telescope in La Palma, on Spain's Canary Islands. TMT officials say the telescope will not threaten the island's groundwater, and that scientists will work to protect the mountain's inhabitants. Hunters and sportsmen were concerned that the hunting of feral animals would be affected by the telescope operations. [32] The "outrigger" would have linked the Keck I and Keck II telescopes. [25] In Honolulu, the governor and legislature, enthusiastic about the development, set aside an even larger area for the observatory causing opposition in the city of Hilo. Professor of physics John Jefferies of the University of Hawaii placed a bid on behalf of the university. Daniel Meisenzahl, a spokesman for the University of Hawaii, stated that the 5 tractors trailers of equipment that were moved up the mountain the day before had alerted protesters that began organizing the demonstrations. Ultimately, Kalama said the decision reflects a lack of recognition for indigenous people's sacred sites, especially since customs include not building on them. To astronomers, it is one of the best places on earth to observe space. Celebrities including "Aquaman" star Jason Momoa and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson have joined demonstrations at Mauna Kea, while Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has tweeted her support of the movement. 'We have no choice':34 arrested in protest of massive telescope on sacred Hawaiian peak. In late July, Gov. [3], On July 10, 2019, Gov. Others, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruno Mars, Emilia Clarke, Nathalie Emmanuel, Rosario Dawson, Jill Wagner, Jai Courtney, Kelly Slater and Madison Bumgarner have used social media to promote the cause. [3] Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners have repeatedly failed in court to prove that these practices predate 1893, which is the threshold for protection under Hawaii State law. [89][90], Hawaii based businesses that support the telescope were named in a boycott that was popularized on social media. The bird is the last of the finch billed honeycreepers existing on the island. [63] On July 17, 33 protestors were arrested, all of whom were kūpuna, or elders, as the blockage of the access road continued. "[47] Several members traveled up the mountain and were stopped by police, where they laid down in the road and blocked the caravan. The protest is growing against the construction of a billion-dollar telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The proposal continues to spawn a great deal of controversy over the use of the site for science. [74] The Mauna Medic hui provides sunscreen, water stations, and basic medical advice to all visitors of Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu free of charge. Mauna Kea, standing over 13,000 feet high, is a staple in Hawaiian mythology, known to some as a place of worship. None of these concerns proved accurate. [15][22] Kuiper would abandon his site (the very first telescope on Mauna Kea) over the competition and begin work in Arizona on a different NASA project. The Thirty Meter Telescope protests are a series of protests and demonstrations that began on the Island of Hawaii over the choosing of Mauna Kea for the site location of the Thirty Meter Telescope. And, through approving the permit, the court ruled the project does not violate protections for natives. 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[2] The announcement came a day after the Hawaii County Council unanimously rejected a proposal by Mayor Harry Kim that would have authorized the county to accept reimbursement from the state for providing law enforcement on the mountain. [70], Shortly after sunrise on July 13, 2019, the Royal Order of Kamehameha, along with Mauna Kea protectors began the process of designating Puʻuhuluhulu as a puʻuhonua which, historically, has served as a space of protection during contentious times. "It needs to be balanced with what does it impact and how does that benefit the world that we live in and move us forward. [97] Hawaiian athletes including Jordan Yamamoto, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Max Holloway have publicly supported the protests. [28] A "Save Mauna Kea" movement was inspired by the proliferation of telescopes with opposition believing development of the mountain to be sacrilegious. [67] The protest continued into August 2019 at the entrance of the Mauna Kea access road, in front of Pu'u Huluhulu on Hawaii Route 200. Native Hawaiians made up 12% of the people polled. On the "Big Island" of Hawaii, Mauna Kea is considered the highest island mountain in the world, measuring roughly 33,000 feet from the base deep under the Pacific Ocean. Demonstrations have also taken place on the Hawaiian islands of Oahu, Kauai and Maui, as well as in Guam, a U.S. territory in the western Pacific Ocean. TMT representatives had informed him that they are not ready to start construction in the foreseeable future. [36] The two projects are also complementary, in that the EELT would only view the Southern Celestial Hemisphere, while Mauna Kea offers the best views of the Northern Celestial Hemisphere. Mauna Kea is the most sacred dormant volcano of Native Hawaiian religionand culture, and was known to natives as the home to Wākea, the sky god. Begin decommissioning of existing telescopes. [15], Although polls, some of them highly criticized,[23] indicate that a majority of Hawaii residents support the Thirty Meter Telescope,[24] opposition to the project and other observatories has existed since 1964. David Ige announced the state had approved a two-year deadline extension to begin construction of the TMT. Between 300 and 500 protesters stood where the Mauna Kea Access Road begins. [52] Among the major concerns of the protest groups is whether the land appraisals were done accurately and that Native Hawaiians were not consulted. For more information please see www.puuhuluhulu.com/. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Thirty_Meter_Telescope_protests&oldid=1005987077, All Wikipedia articles written in American English, Articles with unsourced statements from February 2020, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. [46] That same day in California, protesters demonstrated outside the headquarters of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in Palo Alto, CA.[48][49]. [61], On July 14, 2019, an online petition titled "The Immediate Halt to the Construction of the TMT Telescope" was posted on Change.org. [57] The company also took to social media to respond to the opposition's growing momentum by hiring public relations firms to assist as the company's voice in the islands. So, I would say absolutely Hawaiians support science, but science also needs to be contextualized.". Mt. The state Board of Land and Natural Resources first issued the organization a permit in 2013, but the supreme court invalidated it in 2015, leading TMT to obtain the second, current permit. [34], The TMT project is a response to recommendation in 2000 from the US National Academy of Sciences that a thirty-meter telescope be a top priority, and that it be built within the decade. 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Among the arrests was professional surfer and former candidate for mayor of Kauai, Dustin Barca. Some Native Hawaiians consider Mauna Kea to be their living elder sibling, born of Wakea, the Sky Father, and Papahanaumoku, the Earth Mother. [7], Recent polling has showed that public support for construction among all groups has dropped since the start of the 2019 protests, to 50 percent support statewide. [15][16] While he first began looking in Chile, he also made the decision to perform tests in the Hawaiian Islands. [15][17][18] The peak was the second highest on the mountain with the highest peak being holy ground, so Kuiper avoided it. The organization chose Mauna Kea partly because it is the best place for telescope astronomy research in the northern hemisphere, if not the world, said Gordon Squires, the TMT's vice president for external relations. "Science itself doesn't just get a free pass," Kalama said. Indigenous peoples from all around the world have attended protocol to offer solidarity with the Protect Mauna Kea movement. [77], In addition to the daily course offerings by Puʻuhuluhulu University are several community services created by University facilitators to support the well-being of both long-term and daily visitors at Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhlu. An artist rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope. [62] On 15 July, protestors blocked the access road to the mountain preventing the planned construction from commencing. [15][20][21] Jefferies had gained his reputation through observations at Sacramento Peak Observatory. INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII: Should the Thirty Meter Telescope Be Built? (Maunakea is a proper noun; Mauna Kea, another common spelling, is a reference to any white mountain.) [42], The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources conditionally approved the Mauna Kea site for the TMT in February 2011. And that would be a shame.". [33], The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is a proposed extremely large, segmented mirror telescope, planned for the summit of Mauna Kea. A Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation legal observer there that day claims that the report over embellished the belief that there was a threat. Mauna Kea TMT protests: Are Native Hawaiian rights at stake? However, a former systems specialist for one of the facilities claimed it was wrong to blame the demonstrators stating: "They chose to close down for fear of protesters who are unarmed and nonviolent. [51] Protesters, ranging in age from 27 to 75 years of age were handcuffed and led away by local police. Protesters and authorities in Hawaii are facing off over plans to build a telescope on top of a mountain that some native Hawaiians consider sacred. The protesters who gathered at the base of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island include indigenous Hawaiian elders, or "kupuna." [55], Governor Ige announced that the project was being temporarily postponed until at least April 20, 2015. Observatories have succeeded in being built, but only after protracted and expensive litigation and effort. [91], Scientists have taken to Twitter and other social media platforms to voice their support publicly for the protest using #ScientistsforMaunaKea, in which they highlight their field and why they feel that the TMT is not needed on the mountain. How many people have joined the protests? When it doesn't serve the interests of economics or other political factors, then we're told that your rights don't apply here.". Environmentalists were concerned about rare native bird populations and other citizens of Hilo were concerned about the sight of the domes from the city. [15] Kuiper began looking into the possibility of an observatory on Mauna Kea. [78] The course offerings range from Introduction to Hawaiian Language, Hawaiian Law, the history of Hawaiʻi , and tours of Puʻuhuluhulu. When deciding if TMT and associated economic development is worth compromising one of their most sacred places, Kalama said Native Hawaiians also consider how it could affect future generations. TMT officials estimate scientists will operate the telescope for 50 years before decommission. It is now the focal point of further development of the observatory site, with a current ongoing legal battle in the Hawaii court system. A project spokesman said that work had begun after arrests were made and the road cleared. [31], Further development of the Mauna Kea observatories is still opposed by environmental groups and some Native Hawaiians. Opponents said the Thirty Meter Telescope project on the state’s highest peak, which has since stalled, would desecrate land considered sacred by Native Hawaiians. 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