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Knights Templar mourn their sicarios: Alcohol sales are forbidden for 2 days in Michoacán

Thursday, May 2, 2013 |

Borderland Beat


The Knights Templar cartel distributed flyers across Michoacán telling people to unite with them on the mourning of their recently fallen members.

The flyer´s text mentions that the mourning is for those members that were killed while the Knights Templar tried to “recover their towns” taken by the Communitarian Police in Tepalcatepec, Buenavista and La Ruana..

Knights Templar flyer forbidding Alcohol sales in Michoacan.
 
Flyer text translation:

”Apatzingan Mich.- Good Evening, we are the Knights Templar Michoacan Guard, we inform you that due to our fallen warriors who lost their lives fighting to recover parts of our towns taken by the communitarian police, which are Tepalcatepec, Buenavista and La Ruana. We communicate to you there will be TWO DAYS OF MOURNING in which YOU CAN´T SELL any kind of alcoholic beverages in the whole Michoacan state, he who ignores this notice and is caught will be taxed or his business will be burnt LEMON CUT IS FORBIDDEN these two days so all my people can help with this petition.

ATT: Knight Templar Michoacán Guard”

The flyers began to circulate in Tierra Caliente, Apatzingan, Buena Vista, Pinzandaro, Tepalcatepec, Paracuaro, Cuatro Caminos, Nueva Italia, Uruapan, Morelia, Lazaro Cardenas and other Michoacán cities. 


Background story
La Jornada. April 28th, Morelia, Michoacán.- Members of the criminal organization known as The Knights Templar attacked this morning the communitarian guards in Tepalcatepec and Felipe Carrillo Puerto, better known as La Ruana, municipality of Buena Vista Tomatlan. The shootout ended up with at least 10 people killed and seven wounded.

Communitarian Police check point in Tepalcatepec

La Ruana´s communitarian police leader said that armed groups arrived at about 5:00 AM, these groups tried to surprise them with assault rifles, this in turn originated a shootout that lasted for about 40 minutes.

“There were four casualties on our side and four more wounded; There were several deaths on their side too, we don´t know how many”, stated the communitarian leader, he also mentioned another shootout in Pueblo Viejo, near Buena Vista in which no casualties were reported, however, Police sources claim 6 hit men died in the shootout and 3 more were wounded.

On April 10th, several lemon harvesters were attacked when they returned to La Ruana after attending an homage to Emiliano Zapata, 8 people died in that attack and 6 more were wounded.

After that shootout, in which grenades were used, the Federal Police seized four vehicles and two firearms.

The State Government claimed the Federal Attorney General Office would take care of the case. The Federal agency confirmed the shootouts, but not the number of casualties, about Tepalcatepec, they said there was a shootout that ended up without casualties.

About two months ago more than 400 citizens from Tepalcatepec, 200 from La Ruana and 70 from Buena Vista armed themselves to face the organized crime in Apatzingan´s valley.

Members of the La Ruana Communitarian Police.

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The region of Tierra Caliente is a producer of livestock and lemon. Citric orchards make up for more than 70 thousand acres in the regions and almost 30 packing facilities are in charge of distributing the products. Two thirds of that production comes from Tepalcatepec and Buena Vista. The communitarian police leaders themselves claim to be ranchers and lemon growers.

“Since this movement started the harvest and packaging of lemon has been slow. We have more than one month of inactivity because the organized crime is blocking the departure of trucks. We are under pressure, but we know this had to stop, because we as ranchers and lemon growers practically worked for them, we lived under threats”, stated one of the Tepalcatepec leaders.

A mixed operations base was installed in the outskirts of Tepalcatepec in order to protect this town bordering with Jalisco, home state of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation group that is fighting for this plaza. “We are not members of any cartel. We want to live peacefully and be allowed to work”.

Sources:
http://www.sdpnoticias.com/estados/2013/05/01/caballeros-templarios-imponen-ley-seca-por-muerte-de-companeros-que-enfrentaron-a-guardias-comunitarios-en-michoacan
http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2013/04/29/estados/035n1est

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Anonymous said...

Tijuano, thanks a lot for writing about what is happening in that area. The state government is downplaying what is going on and looking the other way while the federal government simply ignores it. Caballeros Templarios control Michoacán

Anonymous said...

Dear Poblado,
Les urgo to please not sell alcohol in these two days of mourning of our sicarios but please do not worry, the sales of crystal, cocaina y todo lo que apendeja will still be sold mi gente.
Att:
CT
What a bunch of hypocritas son estos pendejos.
How do the people of Michoacan let these guys control how they live?

Anonymous said...

Wow that's inspiring . These REAL MEXICANS standing up to these cartels . Almost get teary eyed thinking of farmers standing up to heavily armed gun men.

Anonymous said...

Fck those putos,wat bout the inasint ppl they killed hope they keep on killing there asses no que muy chingones,

Anonymous said...

im glad the citizen's are defending themselves against the cartels that extort and kidnap

Anonymous said...

Is there a way we can help these community leaders that are trying to get rid of this trash? Food? First aid kits? Anything that will help their battle against these bastards!

Anonymous said...

What!! This is stupid..I thought ur supposed to drink for the fallen homies.LOL...
the English translation should say "you can't sell" or you can not sell". I know it was most likely a typo just letting u know....thanks BB for all the info!!!

Sniffy said...

It's only a matter of time before they get a taste of power and money, start charging piso and kidnapping people. Cartel de Communitarian in da house.

Soon they will be fighting for control of some border crossing, pushing weight and making pozole of their enemies with dollar signs in their eyes and Tony Montana "say hello to my little friend" in their hearts.

This is what always happens when the central government is weak and anarchists takes over. Woe to the people.

Long fly the banner of behezamooth!!! Power to the palooka!!

Anonymous said...

This Bud's for you Tuta . . . FUCK YOU!

Anonymous said...

Fucking clowns. If i was in la Ruana or a member of the community defense i would get drunk and party those 2days to celebrate the trash that was killed by them. CT are the biggest drhama queens and are mad they can't extort the area anymore. Rott in piss -12

Anonymous said...

Llorones que aguanten la sopa.

Anonymous said...

Here is proof for your own eyes.CT mutts attack towns because they are not wanted anymore,and when some of CT are killed they arbitrarily impose bans on whatever they choose?Who the fuck do they think they are?If any fools wanted proof about CTs goals and motivation this shows you.They claim to love Michoacan,yet all they do is hurt it and the people?Some of these business's need every day they can open,they are not making fortunes,yet the"Michoacan Guards"tell them to close under pain of burning their business's?Fuckin skanky cheap grifters,taxing shop owners,farmers,business,and anyone else.La Puta the old dog needs to lie down and die.The poster who used to come on here shouting their virtues,must also be full of lies and shit.Love Michoacan?No,what they can squeeze out of Michoacan,no matter who it hurts or kills.
CT are worse than other cartels,because they front like they care,they are dogs.Anyone still choose to believe their shit?Good on the people who are standing up,it looks like CT got fucked up,and don't like it !

Tijuano said...

@May 2, 2013 at 10:35 AM:

Thanks for pointing it out!

Anonymous said...

"the sales of crystal, cocaina y todo lo que apendeja will still be sold mi gente"
These bastards claim to love Michoacan?Everyone can now see what cheap scrubs they are?Go the decent people who don't want these scrubs,who pretend to care about Michoacan.If they cared they wouldn't be killing farmers and closing shops,only hurting ordinary people who are trying to live in this bullshit.Fuck La Puta and his scrub ass followers.
"Guardia Michoacan"fuck off,they dont want you....Listen to the Mexican people.Saludos to the people standing up,and fuckin up these traitors.

Tijuano said...

@ May 2, 2013 at 9:10 AM:

You´re welcome, actually there´s almost no coverage of all the carnage going on in Michoacan. CT had Michoacan on their hands and they will not let CJNG take it away from them without a fight.

Anonymous said...

Wow this guy's have feelings!.. I wonder if they have feelings while they're tourtering innocent people and burning there homes down.. fuck the templarios ...
Dear people michoacan don't listen to this assholes .. party and drink until you puke.. how do say drama queen in Spanish?? Cause that's what this guy's are.. go and play with you're plastic helmets ..

Anonymous said...

CT now has competition for that piso money. New armed group = new cartel.

Anonymous said...

Greetings to the Communitarian Police in Tepalcatepec, Buenavista and La Ruana.All the young bucks and men keep them safe and keep fighting.
Mexicans know how to fight,this coming from up north.
Chase them out people.

Anonymous said...

"CT had Michoacan on their hands and they will not let CJNG take it away from them"
So you are assuming that CJNG is behind them?Why,,,because CT says so?Where is the evidence to support that claim? Could it be what it says it is? Hopefully yes .

Anonymous said...

how do I make a political contribution to the comunitarian police... the feds should deputize, arm and train these ranchers. that's what community policing is all about..

Anonymous said...

Kill all the CT bastard parasites and that lowlife Tuta clown...All the CT nuthuggers and cheerleader should be killed too...Viva Mexico and long live the community defence groups.

Anonymous said...

I do find it kind of odd, that someof the community guards are armed with highpower riffles. These parts of michoacan are poor , border line with some pueblos of guadalajara , and these ppl are ridin in recent model suv's in comvoy's with Ak's and ar'15? These guards 'maybe' wolfs in sheep's clothin. -Anonymous 2.2 . ...... Arriba Los Caballeros.

Highest Yoga Tantra said...

2013 ▪ 05 ▪ 02

1. Isn’t it a «Catch-22» that the CJNG was providing high-caliber weaponry to the vigilante self-defense groups against the Knights Templar? Doesn’t CJNG also resort to extortion and kidnapping? The farmers can’t trust the local police because they are on Knights Templar’s payroll.
2. Does anyone know why the prohibition against drinking alcohol for (2) days? Is this one of the Knights Templar Code of Ethics (written codes)?
3. I was checking Google™ Earth and Tepalcatepec and La Ruana municipal are very close to the border of Jalisco. It’s mostly farmland and agriculture area. Why are they (CJNG & KT) fighting for this plaza? Is it an area where Marijuana and poppy are cultivated/harvested?

Great follow-up Tijuano!

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Anonymous said...

both cartels can fight it out...los putos de CT & CJNG Matazetas but please leave the innocent people Michoacan & Jalisco out of it. I still can't believe the goverment not stoping the CT after all the limoneros they ambushed & killed just 2 weeks ago.

The White Lobster

Anonymous said...

May 2 @ 10.12 am.what they need is GUNS!!!!!al the other shit u mentioned really is nothing to them.those community police leaders n members will tell u themselves. Guns,guns n more guns.shit walmart n academy n stores like that should donate them a few hundred each as those stores have plenty of them in stock.the us should allow those type of donations as its for a greater cause of fighting back against the well armed thugs.

Anonymous said...

I'll mourn your killers by throwing a fiesta, coronas, mexican wrestlers, clowns, and a pinata dressed like knights templar with plastic helmet.

Anonymous said...

Los putos policias comunitarios son gente de CJNG que quieren meterse a todo michoacan por eso son los enfrentamientos entre estos dos .

jthemover said...

Not a translation criticism. The Manta refers to the "supposed" Community Police. Are the CTs still claiming that these groups are self-defense groups but rival cartels? The stories that are all around this situation are always fuzzy. For every tale you find, there is one contradicting it.

Anonymous said...

Hey Tijuano I was listening on the radio that the recent Pemex gas explosion was from a bomb that was planted. Do u think its drug trafficking related or people retaliating against corrupt government??
the municipal team that was in charge were removed from the investigation and Pena Nietos government took over but they are saying it was from a gas pipe only.

Anonymous said...

Drink up!!!

Anonymous said...

They are not community leaders. They are people sent by Mencho- CJNG and they say they are the community leaders. Its actually outsiders pretending to be normal

Anonymous said...

There needs to b some type of foundation for these community guys. Looking at the pictures of them u can see that they have some pretty shitty and old weapons. They need to b funded so they can receive new weapons and gear. TF TAMPA,FLORIDA

Anonymous said...

Why does people have to stop drinking?

Anonymous said...

That's what it says. How are you going to complain about the grammar and then thank them for their info?

Anonymous said...

knights templar are so corny and fruity. hahaha what a bunch of chumps.

Anonymous said...

One of the most informational aspects to this article and others are the.comments.

Anonymous said...

@3:49 pm Not true, they are locals, the movement started within the communities sick of being under the rule of CT and all the abuses. CJNG might be helping them, I'm not sure, and honestly I couldn't blame them for taking that help given the situation, but what I know for a fact is that they are locals, not sicarios from Jalisco.

Anonymous said...

Mourning a couple dirty stinky drug addicts ? Doesnt make sense !!

Anonymous said...

that's bullshit man!! how can you stop drinking on Cinco de Mayo??!! pinchis PENDEIHOS..

Anonymous said...

@May 2, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Because man in plastic helmet says so.

Anonymous said...

No drinking? but coke is ok? where do I sign up for this? haha...crazy italiano in TJ.

Anonymous said...

'US Op Aimed at Capturing El Chapo Foiled By Mexican Forces'
Saw this yesterday on Yahoo news, and then it quickly vanished from all news sources. Found it on InSightCrime.org just now.

Anonymous said...

the grammar Nazis out there can write in their complaints at the end of each week instead of doing it on every article

Anonymous said...

The Mexican government has all but surrender to the drug cartels.
And now that the communities are standing up for themselves, the very least that the government should do would be to give them better weapons and perhaps some training!
Instead of abandoning them to the whims and fancies of the drug cartels!!!
What's going on in Mexico is even far worse than what took place in Somalia where there is no government except the warlords!!!!!

Anonymous said...

It's cjng trying to take control of michoacan.

Anonymous said...

lol this is funny! they want them to respect some lowlife junkie narco's? ones that probably extorted and robbed decent folk just because they had guns? LOL!!!! its good they are dead I hope more follow.

Anonymous said...

En Michoacan lo que esta pasando son varias guerras primero esta las policias comunitarias que estan bajo CJNG contra los CT.Tambien esta los CT contra la policia comunitaria pero de gente inoccente.Tambien esta la policia comunitaria de los CT contra otras policias comunitarias.

A los CT ya no pueden controlar su estado que por eso la Tuta hace ese video chillando que quiere tregua con el Gobierno en especial con los Federales.Todo mundo sabe que La Policia Federal no quiere a los CT por ordenes de Felipe Calderon.Felipe Calderon es de Michoacan por eso odia a los CT pero apoco no creen que Felipe Calederon le dijo a EPN cuando salga nomas quiero que me ayudes tumbar a los CT? calro!

Entre el Ex-Presidente y Presidente actual se hacen favores eso desde decadas atras y no importa el partido sea PRI o PAN el poder es el que habla....

Doz Fronteras!

In Michoacan there are a few wars inside that state.First fo all is the CT against the Community police working with the CJNG.And then you have the CT against the Community police(Innocent people) then you have the Community Police working with the CT against the other Community Polices.

The CT can't control there own state that why La Tuta made that video crying like a whore!CT always wanted truce with the Government especially with the Federal Police.The Federal Police doesn't like the CT since Felipe Calderon was the president.Don't forget that Calderon is from Michoacan too that why he hates the CT.

Don't you guys think that EPN is doing Felipe Calderon a favor by finishing with the CT? of course!Ex-Presidents and Actual Presidents form Mexico always have done one another a favor!

Two Borders!

Anonymous said...

Lol..good one

Anonymous said...

Mexico is a nice country.... too bad for all the violence that is going on...

KG said...

My husband is from Apatzingan born there with many relatives there still...he was there 2 weeks ago & said the city was shut down some major problems. I lived there for a while with him not long ago I was the only white girl in town, and we used to sit outside his cousins house where we lived, on the street near downtown, at night as it was so hot and watch ppl drive by in 4x4's & those 4wheel off road vehicles & fancy new trucks and cars of all kinds & I wondered where everyone got all the money when all we had was an old van....maybe my husband needs to join a cartel & get some of that piece of it but he's too scared and cant even get a good job :( we are a young family & it's kind of dangerous around there these days.

Anonymous said...

Muerte A los putos de CT y la puta de la tuta
Arriba Jalisco y Michoacan
Puro CJNG

Anonymous said...

LMAO hypocrite.Trying to brainwash sicarios to think they care about them and at the same time looking for an excuse to tax a business. Why would you listen to theses idiot in plastic hats.People say the don't have an option.Yes they do,I would rather live poor then listen and die for these idiot.

Anonymous said...

Remember peoples,some of these community police were the first to fight back in mexico,as i recall mid last year against the knights templars...im not saying CJNG hasn't infiltrated them,only saying they(community police)may be using CJNG too... i can only hope...but i still believe the majority of community police are real genuine people that had enough of the cartels and organized crime.

Anonymous said...

Templars always robbin people...they are lazy people ...and want to take the little money decent people earn...thats why they are gettin their tails kicked by goverment and cdjng jajaja and now tuta criyin like a lil girl he wants to sit down with goverment and do a truce , michoacanos dont believe no more inthe templars.. Change is comin.

Anonymous said...

Always...

Anonymous said...

Hopefully all Mexico takes this great example to fight this growing cancer , lets take back what is rightly ours and stop being controlled and harassed treated like puppets 4m these animals

ATTE:XUNMEJORMEXICO

Anonymous said...

First round's on me!!!

Anonymous said...

4:27 pm, that is a very interesting comment amigo.

Tijuano said...

@ May 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM:

As far as I know this movement began in Guerrero, then moved to Michoacan, "La Tuta" has been claiming that this comminitarian police is funded and armed by CJNG.

I doubt all of them are CJNG members, but it wouldn´t surprise me if some members of CJNG were among them.

Just look at the AK-47´s some of them have.

Anonymous said...

May 2, 2013 at 3:49 PM
"They are not community leaders. They are people sent by Mencho- CJNG and they say they are the community leaders. Its actually outsiders pretending to be normal"
I see a lot of people claiming on here that they are Menchos/CJNG?Do any of you have any evidence at all that this is the case?We have already seen that one group took weapons from sicarios etc.Yes it is poor,but it will not be impossible to get weapons and if you look closely,a lot of them have single action rifles?We are disbelieving because of the area?Some of these groups are what they say they are.Fed up citizens?

Anonymous said...

May 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM
"Looking at the pictures of them u can see that they have some pretty shitty and old weapons"
Exactly,,,yet some are saying they are CJNG ?

Anonymous said...

May 2, 2013 at 5:21 PM
"I couldn't blame them for taking that help given the situation, but what I know for a fact is that they are locals, not sicarios from Jalisco"
People are being know alls and saying they are sicarios from CJNG,are you from there bro?Do you know for a fact?I hope they win against CT la puta.

Anonymous said...

Tijuano
"La Tuta" has been claiming that this comminitarian police is funded and armed by CJNG,Just look at the AK-47´s some of them have"
As a poster above said"i wouldnt blame them for taking help"but,,,if you look,the majority have old and outdated weapons,single action rifles,bolt action?Hopefully they are righteous and will win against these thieves who impose fees on bread,tortillas,food,even work,They are not disparate groups,Guerrero,Oaxaca,Morelos,Michoacán, even the authorities have a vested interest in saying they are organized crime.And la puta?What do we expect form him?

Anonymous said...

Wipe them out while they mour!!! Fuck them they wouldn't give a shit if u were in mourning.

Anonymous said...

Pinches Michoacanos cannot be dominated!!!! first they kick out the Zetas, then they rebel against the LFM and create CT, now the people are rebelling against the CT. Michoacanos don't like being bossed around, even by other Michoacanos. The rest of you, let Sinaloans run all over you. you know all the other cartels, except Zetas (CDG, CAF, Juarez) started from Sinaloan families.

Anonymous said...

All af this started in my town of cheran michoacan and we fund alit of this guys wich we collect in chuch ir what we can do

CarreteraDurangoMazatlan said...

Has anyone considered the possibility that CT did not put out the communication? Very convenient propoganda to deny us what we do every weekend....pistiar ballenas de Pacifico!

Anonymous said...

@CarreteraDurangoMazatlan, not really, they like so much coming up with this kind of shit (the leaflets ordering the blockades, mantas put up by them but signed under other names, the nonsensical videos with la Tuta talking, the leaflets announcing the "labores altruistas" were switching hands from la Familia to them, the orders given to close down shops when they organize protests, etc...) that when something like that comes out I have no doubt it is CT.

Anonymous said...

@May2, 3:49PM...It's CT nuthuggers like you who are spreading lies about the brave community defence groups who have the guts to fight back your kind of CT parasite common thieves and drug peddlers...Kill all the drug gangs and their cheerleaders...Viva Mexico & hail all the common brave people of Mexico.

Anonymous said...

10:18 yeah have you're husband join a cartel so you can enjoy the money for a couple of months.. then you're husband who's "too scared" will be found murder ... be happy that you're husband is trying to live a safe life and not be a good for nothing drug dealer.. or a deadman walking...stupid girl...

Anonymous said...

Actually Juarez cartel was started by Pablo Acosta Villarreal.. but blackheads Amado had him killed and took over from there .. Villarreal was from chihuahuha

Anonymous said...

Mexico, the land, the mountains, the deserts, the forests, the beaches, the oceans, beautiful country that is blessed with alot of natural resources. The people, very humble, very friendly and courteous. The Federal Government and authorities, are pinchis pieces of courrupt shit, culeros, traidores, that need a good ass whoopin from the Mexican people..

Anonymous said...

4:49 PM
"The people, very humble, very friendly and courteous"
Except for all the racist ones on here?

Anonymous said...

If they were funded by cjng they would all have automatics. You can purchase aks for fairly cheap. They are fed up ranchers who put a stop to KTs taxes.

Anonymous said...

ARM THE PEOPLE!!! FUCK THE POLICE FUCK THE CARTELS THE PEOPLE NEED TO FIGHT BACK!!!

Anonymous said...

Chapo should send his nuts to Tuta to suck on and shut him up...Tuta is a rotten spoilt cry baby.

Anonymous said...

Tuta will henceforth be called " Chapo's Nut Sucker"....hahahaha.

Anonymous said...

The Mexican government IS the drug cartels. All those FUKK1ng politicians don't care where the money comes from. Their goal is to get rich at all costs. From Puñeta-Nieto all the way down to the local municipal alcaldes: MONEY, MONEY, MONEY: De donde venga!!! No importa vender el honor o vender al pueblo! Corruption starts at the top. Pobrecito Mexico.

Anonymous said...

As long as the town bows down to these demands nothing will change at all in Mexico. Who the hell do these people think they are dictating that people can't buy beer if they want. This whole deal reeks of Nazi type activity. Mexico is going to collapse if the government or whoever is in control does not step up and stop this crap. People in Mexico are not free and are quickly coming under rule from a bunch of uneducated drug dealing low life thugs. That tuta fool needs to be put in check. You can't even tell who the towns people are from the cartel at this point. I mean really we will still sell cocaine and crystal but not beer??? What fuckery is that??? Come on now it is time to take Mexico back from this nightmare. Out of control is putting it mildly.

Tijuano said...

I Don´t believe this communitarian groups are fully backed by CJNG but I have no doubt they are infiltrated.

Is one cartel better than the other? Hard to say, but like one reader said, I hope they use CJNG to get rid of KT and then deal with CJNG.

Anonymous said...

Does no one find it interesting how 670 poor farm workers that don't work for themselves but for CT are able to arm themselves in a country with no gun stores in a two month span? No money according to them and mysteriously armed. 670 is alot of broke individuals that were able to acquire weapons.

Anonymous said...

Yea but Pablo was a big drug addict plus in world war 2 the u.s got opuim and weed from The campesinos in Sinaloa. Sinaloa always has been a state of banditry.

Anonymous said...

I spit in the face of ALL knights templar dead and alive! PUTOS!

Anonymous said...

Well most of those armed men arent poor, just lowly citizens, and they were mostly armed with cheap shotguns and hunting rifles, the big gear and assult rifles were taken from the local police who fled, andg from the houses seized from the local cartel members, no money becouse they stoped working since agriculture exportation is the biggest income i

Anonymous said...

The cartels have been extorting, raping and killing the towns people, whom they claim they are defending!! The farmers, shop owners and other business people are having to pay them off, so they wont die, get kidnapped or loose their business to thugs who have taken and taken from them! It's crazy they think they can tell them, the towns folk, how to live their lives, follow their 'rules". The cartels are punks, liars, killers and rapist of women and children! i hope they get what they got coming to them! An uprising of the people, banding together to stop this bs from happening, is more than their government is doing.

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