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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:11 pm 
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First gay couples tie knot under new Argentine law
By Alexandra Ulmer
30 July 2010

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Alejandro Vanelli and Ernesto Larrese exchange rings after getting married at a civil registry office in Buenos Aires

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) — Gay couples rushed to tie the knot in Argentina on Friday, two weeks after the country became the first in Latin America to grant them the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples.

"We never thought we'd get to this point," said talent agent Alejandro Vanelli, 61, who wept as he exchanged vows with Ernesto Larrese, 60, an actor and his partner of 34 years. "It was time for our country to embrace equality after hundreds of years of restricting the rights of so many," he said after the service at a Buenos Aires registry office festooned with rainbow-colored gay rights banners.

Guests threw rice over the newlyweds as they left the packed office, becoming the second couple to marry under the law signed by President Cristina Fernandez on July 21. It came into force on Friday. Another couple had exchanged vows hours earlier in a northern province, and gay weddings were planned for Saturday across the nominally Roman Catholic country.

The measure, which also lets same-sex couples adopt children, puts Argentina at the vanguard of gay rights in the region and underlines the Catholic Church's waning influence in Latin America. Same-sex couples in Mexico City won the same rights as heterosexuals to marry and adopt children in December. Uruguay allows same-sex couples to adopt but not to marry. A few gay couples were married in Argentina prior to the law, but they had been granted marriage licenses under one-off court rulings.

Gay rights campaigners have hailed the law as a landmark sign of changing attitudes. "I'm so proud to accompany this change in Argentine history, and on a more personal level, to accompany this couple who I've known for 34 years," said actor Carlos "Boy" Olmi, 54, who was a witness at the Buenos Aires wedding. "Argentine society has shown real maturity in pushing through this change."

(Additional reporting by Laura MacInnis; Editing by Xavier Briand)
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12 Paraguayan Women, Dominican Rescued in Argentina
21 November 2010



BUENOS AIRES — Argentine police rescued 12 Paraguayan women and 1 Dominican who were being held as slaves and sexually exploited in brothels in the town of Chacabuco in Buenos Aires province, police spokesmen said.

The Buenos Aires provincial police early on Saturday freed the victims in simultaneous raids conducted at six brothels operating clandestinely in Chacabuco, 205 kilometers (127 miles) west of the capital. Sixteen people were arrested and the brothels, where security personnel seized drugs and large sums of cash, were shut down.

The Argentine non-governmental organization La Alameda complained in September that just in the city of Buenos Aires there were more than 800 clandestine brothels where more than 4,000 women were being sexually exploited, most of them foreigners.

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Argentina president bans sex ads in newspapers

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner crackdown on sex workers comes as a surprise in a nation where prostitution is legal

by Uki Goni
Thursday 7 July 2011

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Argentina's president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner says the ban on sex adverts is a 'giant step forward in the defence of women'. Photograph: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

Argentina's president has banned classifed newspaper adverts by sex workers, in the latest episode of a long-running and acrimonous dispute with the country's opposition media. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said the measure represented "a giant step forward in the defence of women", although many of the ads feature transvestites and male escorts. The justice minister, Julio Alak, also announced plans to block internet sites advertising sexual services.

The announcements came as a surprise in a country where prostitution is legal and where transvestites offer themselves openly in the Rosedal, a traditional city park in the select Palermo district of Buenos Aires, infuriating the high-class neighbours with luxury apartments overlooking the park.

Political observers see the ban as the latest swipe by the president at Clarín, a mass-circulation paper that publishes some 200 sex ads daily. Announcing the ban, Kirchner, who is seeking re-election in the October elections, said it would put an end to the "hefty profits" some newspapers made from the ads. Kirchner and Clarín fell out three years ago when the newspaper sided with the nation's farmers during a long-running strike that eventually forced the president to back-pedal on an increase in agricultural taxes. Since then Clarín, which had been an unabashed supporter of the president, has focused on the many cases of corruption in her administration. Kirchner has responded by passing a media law that could force the media conglomerate to divest its cable and open-air television holdings.

Free-speech advocates protested against the ban, enacted not by Congress but by a stroke of the presidential pen. "It is unconstitutional because it affects freedom of expression and the exercise of a legal activity," said Martin Carranza Torres, a technology lawyer. The Argentine Association of Prostitutes also dismissed it as a "magic solution" that was unlikely to solve the real problem of sexual exploitation in Argentina. The ads "in most cases represent legitimate work such as ours", it said.

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Argentina and gay marriage, one year on
14 July 2011

In the year since Argentina lawmakers legalized gay marriage, 2,697 gay and lesbian couples have tied the knot, La Nacion reported.

Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize gay marriage after President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner signed the law on July 21, 2010. Lawmakers approved the law over the strong objections of the Roman Catholic Church; one cardinal called the movement to legalized such unions the devil's handiwork. Opponents have begun a petition drive calling on lawmakers to nullify the law.

A couple together 27 years was the first to marry under the law. Architect Juan Carlos Navarro married his partner Miguel Angel Calefato in Santiago del Estero on July 30. More men (60%) have married than women, and marriages occurred in all states.

"There were weddings in all districts. The balance is very positive," said Stephen Paulon, general secretary of Federacion Argentina de Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales y Trans (FALGBT), the nation's largest gay rights group. "Couples have not faced any major legal hurdles to marrying." Paulon added that some couples faced discrimination after marrying, such as the loss of a job or being denied a renewal on a lease.

It is estimated that Argentina has 2,400,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender persons. Gay marriage is also legal in the city-state of Mexico City, whose marriages are recognized throughout Mexico.

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Argentina's version of DWTS features raunchy striptease that leaves NOTHING to the imagination
By Rachel Quigley
5th October 2011



Just hot foot it down to Argentina where the cable news host would look demure and almost prudish compared to her South American counterparts.

Viewers of Monday night's show were treated to a racy, Roman-inspired performance between model and reality star Cinthia Fernandez and her partner Marcelo Tinelli, as they writhed and contorted around the floor, stripping off each other's clothes until they were completely naked.

The full-on frontal nudity in Bailando por un Sueño has caused a lot of controversy since it was aired with critics calling the performance more X-rated than five-starred.

The dance starts off with the partners wearing skimpy togas and continues as each tears off pieces of the other's clothes. When Fernandez's top comes off, she reveals gold-painted breasts which she goes on to squeeze provocatively. After the pair grind their bodies together on the dance floor as if they were having sex, Tinelli proceeds to pour red wine over his dance partner's body, who by this time is wearing only a G-string.

At the end of the dance, Fernandez's G-string is pulled off, leaving her standing naked on national television. Even the show's host, who seemed to get quite excited during the performance, even lying down with the couple at one stage, looked shocked by the raunchy routine's end. Oh and Cynthia Fernandez's parents were reported to have been in the front row of the audience.

The reality star - who has previously bared all for Argentinian magazine H Para Hombres - later tweeted an apology. Gawker reported that this type of performance is not new to Bailando por un Sueño, as last year another dancer bared her breasts and performed moves that seemed more at home in an exotic dance hall than a ballroom.

But this is the first time viewers were treated to full-on nudity.

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Argentinian "sex workers" versus "prostitutes": a fight for rights
June 29, 2012
By Dina Gonzalez

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(Asociación de Mujeres Meretrices de Argentina Capital)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (GPI) -- Elena Reynaga, a thin, olive-skinned woman, says she chose to become a sex worker at age 19. Today, Reynaga is 60 and retired.

“My body can’t anymore,” she says with a smile. “I was retired.”

But as the founder and former secretary-general of Asociación de Mujeres Meretrices de Argentina Nación, an unofficial union of sex workers, she continues to fight for her former colleagues to legally and safely perform their work. The association is currently finalizing the details of a bill that would legalize sex work, give sex workers rights and eliminate sexual exploitation. At a recent meeting on the bill, Reynaga shared her story with politicians, labor union representatives and fellow association members.

“I still remember the first time that I was taken prisoner,” says Reynaga, her eyes full of tears. “How I cried! It was in the year 1976. It left me scarred.” As she speaks of her first police detention, Reynaga addresses the crowd informally. “They treated me like a delinquent,” she says. “They insulted me. I was a rag!”

Years later, in 1994, Reynaga found herself back in jail. But this time, she was with a group of other sex workers who had also been arrested by the city police. The women began to brainstorm about how they could join together to defend their rights. They even set the prison cell on fire as a sign of protest.

The following year, Reynaga and her fellow prisoners founded Asociación de Mujeres Meretrices de Argentina Nación, the initials of which are similar to the Spanish verb “amar,” which means “to love.” It is aligned with Central de Trabajadores Argentina, one of the country’s principal labor unions, which recognizes the women as a class of workers, though the government does not recognize the sex workers as an official union. The association has 5,000 members, with 93 percent reporting that they are the breadwinners of their families.

Nearly two decades later, the group is preparing to finish a bill to solidify their rights. “This is a dream!” Reynaga says at the meeting. “Who was going to think that we were going to get here? We began to dream in a prison cell. We just wanted to join together so that the police wouldn’t bother us.”

The faces of those around the room seem captivated by Reynaga, as if breathing in her passion as she speaks. Her fellow association members smile and nod their heads in approval of every word she utters. The government and labor union representatives invited to the meeting listen attentively with a certain curiosity.

Lía Méndez, general director of institutional relations in the national Senate, was one attendee there in support of the bill. Carlos Monestes was also in attendance representing Central de Trabajadores Argentina, which has been helping the association to prepare the bill. They used the meeting to edit and add details to the bill in order to present it to the Argentine Congress soon. The anxiousness of the association, which has been working on the proposal for two years, is palpable at the Central de Trabajadores Argentina headquarters in Buenos Aires, the nation’s capital, where the meeting took place.

Reynaga says she doesn’t understand why, even today, there is so much mistreatment of sex workers. For her and her fellow association members, sex work is a choice, a profitable profession. That’s why they are fighting for a law that would treat it as such. “The choice is like an exercise of freedom,” says Reynaga, who is the current executive president of the Red de Mujeres Trabajadoras Sexuales de Latinoamérica y el Caribe, an umbrella organization of sex workers from 15 countries in the region. “The human right is the freedom.”

Read the rest of the story at GlobalPressInstitute.org.

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Argentina approves gender identity law
by Stephen Gray
10 May 2012

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Having become the first country in South America to allow gay couples to marry, Argentina has passed a bill giving transgender citizens the right to have their gender recognised in law.

Hormone therapy and reassignment surgery will also become available by law for transgender citizens who will be able to change their officially recorded gender without prior medical or judicial approval.

The Gender Identity law was approved by the senate 55-0, with over a dozen absent senators and one abstention, FirstPost.com reports. Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is expected to sign the bill into law, having supported its passage. In 2010, the president oversaw the implementation of the South American country’s gay marriage laws.

Senator Osvaldo Lopez of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina’s sole gay lawmaker at the National Congress, said: “This law is going to enable many of us to have light, to come out of the darkness, to appear. There are many people in our country who also deserve the power to exist.”

Katrina Karkazis, a Stanford University medical anthropologist told FirstPost.com: “It’s saying you can change your gender legally without having to change your body at all. That’s unheard of [...] this gives the individual an extraordinary amount of authority for how they want to live. It’s really incredible.”

Transgender people under the age of 18 may also take advantage of the laws with the consent of their guardians.

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Argentina: Gay couples celebrate second anniversary of marriage law
15 July 2012

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In this photo distributed by the press office of Tierra del Fuego government, Alex Freyre, right, receives a wedding ring from his partner Jose Maria Di Bello, both HIV positive, during their marriage at the civil registry in Ushuaia, southern Argentina, Monday, Dec. 28, 2009.

Gay couples in Argentina are celebrating the second anniversary of a law giving them the right to marry.

More than 6,000 gay couples have tied the knot since Argentina’s president Christina Fernandez de Kirchner signed the law on July 21st 2010.

Argentina was the first Latin American country to grant marriage equality. Since then, the country has passed a bill giving transgender citizens the right to have their gender recognised in law. Hormone therapy and reassignment surgery will also become available by law for transgender people who will be able to change their officially recorded gender without prior medical or judicial approval.

Argentina’s marriage equality law was approved in the face of strong opposition from church groups. The Pope’s number one in the country, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, even claimed it was the work of the devil.

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Argentina: Gay couple legally recognised as fathers
7 August 2012

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The couple have been recognised as the baby's parents

A gay couple in Argentina have been legally recognised as the fathers of their baby boy born by surrogate.

Alejandro Grinblat and Carlos Gustavo Dermgerd had a son named Tobias on June 29th in New Delhi. He was carried by a Canadian surrogate mother. Tobias’ birth certificate reportedly lists both men as parents – a first for Argentina.

Speaking to CNN, Mr Dermgerd said: “We try not to care about society’s opinion in this matter and our family and every friend is happy, of course. Mr Grinblat added: “We always thought about the idea of having a family with children but at the beginning, when we met, we didn’t think that the society was ready for a gay couple to have a kid.”

Last month, gay couples in Argentina celebrated the second anniversary of a law giving them the right to marry. More than 6,000 gay couples have tied the knot since Argentina’s president Christina Fernandez de Kirchner signed the law on July 21st 2010.

Argentina was the first Latin American country to grant marriage equality and the law also allows gay couples to adopt children. Since then, the country has passed a bill giving transgender citizens the right to have their gender recognised in law.

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Argentina to hand out 82 mln free condoms
4 January 2013

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Volunteers separate condoms to give away during a free HIV testing event in Washington on February 7, 2012.

AFP - Argentina plans to give out 82 million condoms nationwide in 2013 in a campaign against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, the health ministry said Friday.

The condoms will be handed out at health centers, schools, prisons, bars and nightclubs, as well as through a network of nearly 3,000 fixed spots at public agencies.

The free distribution of condoms -- and of 17 million lubricating gels -- aims to "ensure access to preventative methods against sexually transmitted diseases," the ministry said in a statement. Lubrication helps prevent condoms from tearing and helps avoid abrasions, which could lead to contaminated blood infecting the partner.

In Argentina, about 5,500 people are newly diagnosed with HIV each year, and "90 percent of new infections come from sex without using condoms," it added. However, the agency noted that the number of new HIV infections has dropped by more than 30 percent since 2004, and the infection rate in 2010 stood at 11.7 cases per 100,000, down from 17.3 per 100,000. Argentina has a population of 40 million people, 30 million of whom are over 15 years old.

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Argentina begins doling out free 'Viagra'
8 August 2013

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AFP - Argentina has begun distributing a free state-produced version of the erection-boosting drug Viagra for the first time, in a move intended to curb its misuse, health authorities announced Thursday.

They said 200,000 doses of sildenafil, better known under the Viagra brand name, is to be distributed free of charge through the public health network of the province of Santa Fe. The drug is being produced in Santa Fe by the state-owned pharmaceutical firm LIFSE, which plans to eventually distributed it nationally. Sildenafil is a hugely popular vasodilator that is used to treat erectile dysfunction in men.

"The most famous medication in the world for improving the quality of life -- even though no-one is going to lose their life over it -- is the first to be made by the state in Argentina," said Guillermo Cleti, a LIFSE director. "It's not only to attend to erectile dysfunction in men who need it, but also to avoid the abuse or bad use of the drug and to warn the population about its correct use," he said.

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Argentina grants female ID to 6-year-old boy
9 October 2013

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Cesar Cigliutti, president of the Argentine homosexual community, right, kisses the mother of a 6-year-old child who received an amended birth certificate and a new ID with the change in gender, during a news conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's government has granted a female identification card to a 6-year-old boy who has been dressing like a girl since age 4.

The boy was born Manuel but likes to be called "Lulu." On Wednesday, he received an amended birth certificate and a new ID with the change in gender.

It's the first case of a gender change on a document for a minor in Argentina since the approval of the country's groundbreaking gender-identity law last year. The law lets people change their names and sexes on official documents without first getting approval from a judge or doctor.

The mother says her child's new name is Luana. After receiving the documents, she thanked those who, in her words, "trusted the identity of my daughter" and "respected her rights."

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In Argentina, pregnant groom weds in a legal first
November 30, 2013

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Buenos Aires (AFP) - The bride was born a man. The groom was born a woman. And when the Argentine couple wed Friday, it was the first time in the country that a groom tied the knot pregnant.

Argentina in 2010 was the first country in Latin America to allow same-sex marriage. And two years later, it passed a law allowing transsexuals to get national IDs listing the gender with which they identify themselves.

So when Karen Bruselario wed Alexis Taborda in the northeastern city of Victoria, it was another big step on their journey together after meeting in Buenos Aires as activists for transsexual and transgender rights. "It was a very emotional day, unique, really special because a dream came true for us. We had a civil marriage," Taborda, 26, told AFP by phone. Their next big step: Taborda, who legally is male as he self-identifies as such, is 36 weeks pregnant, with the couple's first child. Neither had sex reassignment surgery.

Taborda and Bruselario, 28, said they would like to marry in a Catholic church. So they sent an email to Argentine-born Pope Francis about their case. They have yet to receive a response from the pontiff. They claim to be the first couple of two transsexuals to wed here who have not had reassignment surgery.

Taborda admitted that he does not feel a lot of maternal instinct though he is ready to give birth December 22 by Cesarean section to a girl the couple wants to name Genesis Angelina. "It's really weird to see Karen dying to feel the baby's kicks or to have my symptoms," he said.

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Sexual harassment: Cat-callers face fines in Buenos Aires
8 December 2016

Forms of sexual harassment in public in the Argentine capital could now land perpetrators with a $60 (£47) fine.

Cat-calling and other types of harassment are seen as normal by some in Buenos Aires, but the city council voted on Wednesday to draw a line. "Direct or indirect comments referring to a person's body" are among offences which could attract punishment.

Argentina has seen an increase in campaigning by women to change the way they are viewed by society. The rape and murder of 16-year-old Lucia Perez in the city of Mar del Plata in October prompted widespread outrage. Thousands of women marched in protest and many staged strikes.

One of the main groups campaigning against violence against women in Argentina, NiUnaMenos (Not One Less), says a woman is killed there every 30 hours simply because of her sex. Such crimes are seen by many as arising from cultural tolerance of disparaging attitudes to women, including casual harassment.

The Buenos Aires law against harassment takes in offences including making images of genitalia without consent, unwanted physical contact, pursuing someone, and public masturbation and indecent exposure. Offenders could also be made to do community service. The law envisages public education campaigns, too, to try to change attitudes.

"Some forms of sexual harassment in public are accepted as a traditional part of our culture," said Pablo Ferreyra, the lawmaker behind the bill.
"That should not be a reason to tolerate this abuse."

President Mauricio Macri received relatives of victims of sexual violence at the presidential palace in November. But he was himself criticised by his daughter after once suggesting that women liked to be told: "What a nice ass you have". He later apologised.

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Argentina's first transgender police chief on duty
By LUIS ANDRES HENAO
12 May 2017

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Analia Pasantino served in Argentina's federal police as a man for 20 years, then she came out as a transgender woman and was forced to resign.

She is smiling these days, though, beaming with pride to be wearing a police badge again. And the sign on her office door reads: "Chief." Nearly a decade after psychiatric reports said Pasantino suffered from an "irreconcilable" illness that made her unfit to serve, she was welcomed back to the police force this week and appointed deputy police commissioner in the judicial communications department.

"This is a milestone," Pasantino, 49, told the Associated Press on Thursday. "I'm the first transgender police chief in Latin America. It's an unprecedented and important step to show Latin America and the world that we are an open institution."

Argentina became a world leader in transgender rights in 2012 when it gave people the freedom to change their legal and physical gender identity simply because they want to, without having to undergo judicial, psychiatric and medical procedures. The government also legalized gay marriage in 2010. "The world has changed," Pasantino said. "You can live a life of gender identity and it's no longer necessary to live a double life."

Pasantino struggled with this duality long before the passing of the gender identity law. She joined the police force as a man in 1988 and became a decorated officer, a respected police spokesman and then the leader of an anti-narcotics team. But at home, she lived as a woman. Throughout this transition, she always had the loving support of her wife, Silvia Mauro.

When Pasantino began dressing in skirts and high heels, the couple went out at night through the garage door to avoid being spotted by the neighbors. They would drive around Buenos Aires, but Pasantino at first lacked the courage to get out of the car. "The decisive moment came when my wife finally told me: 'Either you step out or you'll never leave the house looking like this again. I've put up with you for three hours getting ready and putting on makeup.'"

Pasantino and Mauro were high school sweethearts and have been a couple for 31 years. Together, they fought against bureaucracy that initially blocked them from changing Pasantino's male name on their marriage certificate and obtaining their law degrees.

Pasantino, who has shoulder-length blonde hair, still wears the same engagement ring that she first wore as a man long ago. "She has backed me with everything," Pasantino said about Mauro, who is also a lawyer. "She has been my pillar of support."

Pasantino said she was forced to take a leave of absence from the police department after coming out as a transgender woman in 2008. Every three months, she would present a psychiatric evaluation hoping to rejoin the force, but a committee reviewing her case repeatedly extended her leave. "It was always seen as illness," she said. "As crude as it sounds, the final diagnosis was: a disturbance in gender identity that made me unrecoverable to the police force."

Then the leadership of the federal police changed and she won reinstatement, Pasantino said. She also credits the efforts of Mara Perez, a transgender woman who leads the diversity division at Argentina's security ministry. "Mara's efforts were priceless," Pasantino said. "When they said 'no' under previous governments, she kept insisting until she succeeded."

This week, Pasantino was flooded by messages of support from former colleagues and requests for interviews after she was welcomed back into the police force at a televised press conference with Argentina's security minister and the federal police chief. "At first I was a bit overwhelmed by so much attention. But I'm proud to tell this story," she said. "And I hope it helps others as well."

Source: AP

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