New York Oath Keepers Hold Candlelight Vigil For Slain Officers

 

NEW YORK OATH KEEPERS HOLD CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR 5 SLAIN DALLAS TX POLICE OFFICERS

07-16-2016 7:10 pm – John Wallace – New York Oath Keeper

This article is also published at John’s website:  http://www.libertynewsonline.com/articles/article_301_38691.php

 

New York Oath Keepers Vigil 2016_iThe New York Oath Keepers held a Candlelight Vigil for the 5 Dallas Texas Police Officers killed in the ‘Line of Duty’ on July 7th, 2016 by a sniper while protecting ‘Black Lives Matter’ protestors. The Candleligjht Vigil was held on July 15th, 2016 at the Westchester County Police Memorial in White Plains, NY

Below is the text of the remarks by Frank Morganthaler, Vice President of the New York Oath Keepers, who is a former U.S. Marine and a retired Lieutenant in the New York City Fire Department.
GOOD EVENING EVERYONE. MY NAME IS FRANK MORGANTHALER, AND I AM THE PRESIDENT OF THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY CHAPTER OF OATH KEEPERS AND ALSO A VICE PRESIDENT OF THE NEW YORK STATE OATH KEEPERS ORGANIZATION.

JOINING US HERE TONIGHT IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NEW YORK STATE OATH KEEPERS ORGANIZATION, JOHN WALLACE, WHO TRAVELED HERE FROM COLUMBIA COUNTY TO BE WITH US. JOHN IS A FORMER MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK STATE POLICE, WHO RETIRED AS A LIEUTENANT COLONEL FROM THAT AGENCY.

WE ALSO HAVE REPRESENTATIVES FROM A NUMBER OF OUR NEW YORK STATE OATH KEEPER CHAPTERS IN ATTENDANCE HERE TONIGHT, AND WE THANK THEM FOR BEING HERE AND STANDING IN SUPPORT OF OUR POLICE. JUST FOR REFERENCE, MORE THAN 50% OF OUR OATH KEEPERS MEMBERSHIP NATIONWIDE IS MADE UP OF ACTIVE DUTY AND RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. SO, THERE IS A NATURAL ALLEGIANCE AND BOND BETWEEN OUR ORGANIZATION AND THE POLICE.

WE OATH KEEPERS STAND WITH OUR POLICE AND SUPPORT THEM AND WE ARE PROUD TO SPONSOR THIS VIGIL TONIGHT.

A FEW WEEKS AGO OUR NEW YORK STATE OATH KEEPERS ORGANIZATION HELD ITS ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER, AND WE WERE EXTREMELY FORTUNATE AND HONORED TO HAVE NATIONALLY KNOWN, MILWAUKEE COUNTY SHERIFF DAVID CLARKE AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER. DURING HIS REMARKS THAT EVENING, HE WARNED THAT THERE WAS AN ONGOING WAR AGAINST THE POLICE, AND HE ATTRIBUTED MUCH OF THE BLAME FOR THAT FACT ON INFLAMMATORY POLITICAL RHETORIC, SLANTED MEDIA COVERAGE OF POLICE RELATED INCIDENTS AND PUBLICATION OF FALSE NARRATIVES.

HE INFERRED THAT THESE ELEMENTS ALL COMBINED TO STOKE THE FLAMES OF RESENTMENT TOWARDS THE POLICE AND ULTIMATELY LEAD TO THE ATTACKS AGAINST THEM. UNFORTUNATELY AND TRAGICALLY, THE DALLAS MURDERS CONFIRMED HIS SUPPOSITION. WHEN OFFICERS AHRENS, KROL, SMITH, THOMPSON AND ZAMARRIPA WERE ASSASSINATED LAST WEEK, WE AS AN ORGANIZATION FELT THAT WE HAD AN OBLIGATION TO PROPERLY RECOGNIZE THESE FIVE HEROES, AND, WE THOUGHT THAT A MEMORIAL VIGIL WOULD BE THE MOST FITTING WAY TO DO SO.

WE CHOSE THIS LOCATION FOR THE VIGIL, BECAUSE IT IS THE SITE OF THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY POLICE MEMORIAL, A MEMORIAL THAT HONORS THE MEMORY OF THOSE OFFICERS FROM WESTCHESTER COUNTY WHO HAVE DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. WE FELT THAT THERE WAS NO MORE SUITABLE A LOCATION IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY TO HONOR THE FIVE MURDERED DALLAS OFFICERS, THEN HERE AT THE SITE WHERE SO MANY OTHER OFFICERS HAD BEEN MEMORIALIZED BEFORE.

ON THURSDAY, JULY 7TH, 2016, THESE FIVE DALLAS POLICE OFFICERS WENT TO WORK AS THEY HAD DONE HUNDREDS OF TIMES BEFORE. IT WAS ANOTHER DAY. AT THE END OF THAT DAY’S TOUR, ALL FIVE OFFICERS ANTICIPATED GOING HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES. THEY DIDN’T! INSTEAD, IN ONE INSTANT, THEY WERE GONE, AND THE LIVES OF THEIR FAMILIES AND THE CITY OF DALLAS WERE CHANGED FOREVER. AS THEIR TOUR WAS WINDING DOWN, A COWARDLY ASSASSIN SOUGHT OUT HIS UNSUSPECTING TARGETS AND OPENED FIRE, EXECUTING THESE FIVE OFFICERS AND WOUNDING SEVEN OTHERS.

THE OFFICERS HAD NO CHANCE TO DEFEND THEMSELVES. A SENSELESS ACT THAT CLAIMED THE LIVES OF FIVE GOOD MEN. PRIOR TO THEIR DEATHS, THESE OFFICERS WERE ADMIRABLY PERFORMING THEIR DUTY – PROTECTING A LARGE GROUP OF PROTESTERS, WHO WERE ATTENDING A DEMONSTRATION ORGANIZED TO CRITICIZE AND CONDEMN THE POLICE.

INCIDENTS INVOLVING POLICE; AND, ASHAMEDLY, AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE LAWLESS SOCIETY THAT OUR COUNTRY HAS BECOME. AMERICA ONCE WAS A NATION OF LAWS – IT APPEARS THAT IS NOT THE CASE ANYMORE. THIS EVENING, WE TAKE TIME TO RECOGNIZE THE RISKS THAT POLICE OFFICERS FACE ON A DAILY BASIS IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES. POLICE MEN AND WOMEN GO TO WORK EACH DAY, WITH THE HOPE AND EXPECTATION THAT THEY WILL RETURN HOME TO THEIR LOVED ONES AT THE END OF THEIR SHIFT. BUT, AS WE SEE IN THE CASE OF THESE FIVE DALLAS POLICE OFFICERS, THAT THEY DON’T ALWAYS COME HOME.

NOW, THE POLICE OFFICERS JOB HAS BEEN MADE EVEN MORE DANGEROUS, BECAUSE OF THREATS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE AGAINST POLICE OFFICERS IN DEPARTMENTS ALL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. NOW, EVERY TIME THAT OFFICERS RESPOND TO A CALL, THEY MUST LIVE WITH THE REALIZATION THAT THE CALL COULD BE A SETUP, MEANT TO LURE THEM INTO A TRAP, AND KILL THEM.

YET, KNOWING THIS REALITY, THE MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE CONTINUE TO REPORT FOR DUTY EVERY DAY, RESPOND TO CALLS FOR HELP, AND FAITHFULLY SERVE THE PUBLIC AND PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. AND POLICE AREN’T  SELECTIVE IN THEIR RESPONSES. THEY RESPOND TO ANYONE WHO CALLS FOR ASSISTANCE. IRONICALLY, THOSE WHO TAUNT AND CURSE AND DEMEAN THE POLICE TODAY WILL UNDOUBTEDLY CALL THE POLICE FOR HELP AT SOME TIME IN THE FUTURE. AND AS THE POLICE ALWAYS DO, THEY WILL RESPOND AND DO THEIR DUTY, EVEN THOUGH THE CALLER HAS PREVIOUSLY EXPRESSED HATRED FOR THE POLICE.

TONIGHT, WE MOURN THE LOSS OF THESE FIVE FINE MEN; FIVE MEN WHO HAD NEVER BEFORE MET THEIR EXECUTIONER; FIVE MEN WHO HAD DONE NOTHING WRONG; FIVE MEN WHO HAD DONE NOTHING TO THE INDIVIDUAL WHO TOOK THEIR LIVES; FIVE MEN WHO WERE TARGETED SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY WERE WEARING POLICE BLUE. AND THAT FACT IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE TO LAW ABIDING AMERICAN CITIZENS AND ONE OF THE REASONS WE STAND HERE THIS EVENING. THESE MURDERS WERE SPARKED BY HATE, AND VITRIOLIC RHETORIC. THEY WERE FURTHER ENCOURAGED BY POLITICALLY CORRECT ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO TURNED THEIR BACKS ON THE POLICE AND CATERED TO THE LAWLESS MOBS.

AS LAW ABIDING AMERICAN CITIZENS, WE CONDEMN THESE ACTIONS AND WE CALL ON OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS, AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT, TO PUBLICLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEY UNEQUIVOCABLY STAND WITH THE POLICE, JUST AS WE DO HERE TONIGHT. IN RECENT TIMES, WE HAVE WITNESSED A GROWING PATTERN OF LAWLESSNESS COMMITTED BY SO-CALLED PROTESTORS, WHO CLAIM TO BE SEEKING JUSTICE AND DEFENDING THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS.

THE VIOLENCE THAT BEGAN IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI, WHICH WAS BASED ON A FALSE NARRATIVE ADVANCED BY A BIASED MEDIA AND SOME IN GOVERNMENT, HAS SPREAD ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT IS OUT OF CONTROL. INNOCENT CIVILIANS HAVE SUFFERED AT THE HANDS OF THE ANARCHISTIC MOBS, AND NOW FIVE MORE BRAVE POLICE OFFICERS HAVE BEEN SENSELESSLY MURDERED IN A FURTHERANCE OF THAT ANTI-LAW, ANTI-POLICE MOVEMENT. WHAT HAS THE RIOTING, LOOTING, BURNING AND DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY DONE TO MAKE THE SITUATION BETTER; OR TO ACHIEVE JUSTICE; OR, TO IMPROVE CIVIL RIGHTS? THE ANSWER, NOTHING. IT MUST STOP.

JUST TO OUR LEFT IS A STATUE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., A MAN WHO DID MORE FOR THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT THAN ANYONE BEFORE HIM, OR SINCE. DR. KING ABHORRED VIOLENCE AND ALL OF HIS PROTESTS WERE PEACEFUL; AND, AS A RESULT HE ACHIEVED GREAT SUCCESS. I WOULD IMAGINE THAT WERE HE STILL ALIVE TODAY, HE WOULD BE APPALLED TO SEE THE VIOLENT DEMOSTRATIONS OCCURING ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND THE SENSELESS MURDER OF INNOCENT POLICE OFFICERS, IN THE NAME OF CIVIL RIGHTS. DR. KING’S NON-VIOLENT APPROACH ACCOMPLISHED MUCH. TODAY’S VIOLENT PROTESTORS WOULD DO WELL TO HEED THE EXAMPLE SET BY DR. KING. VIOLENCE IS NOT THE ANSWER. THREATENING THE POLICE IS NOT THE ANSWER. MURDERING THE POLICE IS DEFINITELY NOT THE ANSWER. THERE ARE MUCH BETTER OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO ADDRESS ANY PERCEIVED DIFFERENCES THAT MAY EXIST.

FOR THE MOST PART, THE PARTICIPANTS IN THESE PROTESTS HAVE PROVEN THEMSELVES TO BE NO MORE THAN AN UNRULY MOB. THEY HAVE SHOWN THEIR DISDAIN FOR THE LAW AND THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS. THE MEDIA HAS PROVIDED UNLIMITED COVERAGE TO THE PROTESTORS AND THEIR DEMONSTRATIONS, WHILE IN CONTRAST PROVIDE LITTLE OR NO COVERAGE OF PRO-POLICE EVENTS, LIKE THE ONE WE HOLD HERE TONIGHT.

New York Oath Keepers Vigil 2016IN THEIR REPORTS, ELEMENTS OF THE MEDIA HAVE PROMOTED A FALSE NARRATIVE THAT A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF CITIZENS ARE AT ODDS WITH THE POLICE. WELL, IT’S TIME FOR THAT MISCONCEPTION TO BE CORRECTED, AND HOPEFULLY OUR VIGIL TONIGHT WILL BEGIN TO DISPEL THE IDEA THAT THE PEOPLE HAVE LOST FAITH IN THEIR POLICE. THE LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS OF AMERICA OVERWHELMING SUPPORT THEIR POLICE AND THANK THEM FOR THE GREAT JOB THAT THEY DO IN PROTECTING ALL OF US.

WE THE SILENT MAJORITY, THE LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS, MUST END OUR SILENCE AND LET THE WORLD KNOW THAT WE SUPPORT OUR POLICE AND THAT WE DO NOT CONDONE THE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY OF THE DEMONSTRATORS WHO MALIGN AND ATTEMPT TO DEMEAN THE POLICE. THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT THE POLICE. OF THAT THERE IS NO QUESTION. WE WILL NOT TOLERATE THREATS AGAINST OUR POLICE. WE WILL NOT TOLERATE THE MURDER OF OUR POLICE. WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH AND WE NEED TO MAKE IT KNOWN THAT WE WILL NOT ALLOW THE LAWLESSNESS TO PREVAIL. WE CAN NO LONGER SIT BACK AND SAY NOTHING. SO TODAY, WE STAND TOGETHER IN SOLIDARITY WITH OUR POLICE AND SAY TO THEM “WE’VE GOT YOUR BACKS”.

[AUDIENCE REPEATS THE PHRASE “WE’VE GOT YOUR BACKS”]. WE ALSO NEED TO DEMAND THAT OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS COME OUT PUBLICLY AND EXPRESS THEIR SUPPORT FOR OUR POLICE AND THEIR CONDEMNATION OF THE DEMONSTRATORS AND THOSE WHO WOULD DO THE POLICE HARM. WE ALSO CALL ON THE DEMONSTRATORS TO STOP THE VIOLENCE. IF THEY HAVE CONCERNS, WE ASK THAT THEY DISCUSS THE ISSUES PEACEFULLY. VIOLENCE WILL ACHIEVE NOTHING. OUR VIGIL THIS EVENING IS A STARK CONTRAST TO THE VIOLENT GATHERINGS WE HAVE SEEN TAKE PLACE ACROSS AMERICA.

UNLIKE THOSE EVENTS, OUR VIGIL WILL BE PEACEFUL. WE WILL NOT BLOCK TRAFFIC; WE WILL NOT BURN BUILDINGS; WE WILL NOT LOOT BUSINESSES. INSTEAD, WE WILL BOW OUR HEADS AND PRAY FOR THE OFFICERS WE/VE LOST AND THEIR FAMILIES, AND FOR AMERICA. WE WILL PRAY FOR THE SAFETY OF THE POLICE. THE FLAMES OF RAGE, HATRED AND VIOLENCE THAT WE HAVE SEEN AT SOME OF THE ANTI-POLICE DEMONSTRATIONS ARE REPLACED TONIGHT BY THE FLAMES OF OUR CANDLES – OUR FLAMES SYMBOLIZE LOVE AND PRAYER FOR THE OFFICERS WE’VE LOST AND THEIR FAMILIES; FLAMES OF HOPE FOR PEACE IN AMERICA, AND FLAMES OF RESPECT AND SUPPORT FOR THE MEMBERS OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. MAY OUR LIGHT AND ITS MESSAGE SHINE ACROSS AMERICA!

IF YOU LOOK TO MY RIGHT, YOU SEE THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY POLICE MEMORIAL. THERE IS A LONG LIST OF NAMES ON THAT MONUMENT; NAMES OF OTHER OFFICERS WHO DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. THE NUMBER OF OFFICERS IDENTIFIED HERE SHOULD FURTHER EMPHASIZE THE DANGER OF A POLICE OFFICERS JOB AND THE RISK THAT IS FACED BY EACH OFFICER ON A DAILY BASIS. FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO CRITICIZE THE POLICE, I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT THEY WALK IN THE SHOES OF A POLICE OFFICER FOR A DAY, TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT OFFICERS EXPERIENCE – THE DANGEROUS SITUATIONS THAT THEY ENCOUNTER, AND, THE SPLIT SECOND LIFE AND DEATH DECISIONS THAT THEY MUST SOMETIMES MAKE. I BELIEVE THAT IF THE PROTESTERS DID THAT AND EXPERIENCED THE CHALLENGES THAT OFFICERS FACE EVERY DAY, THEY WOULD COME AWAY WITH A MUCH DIFFERENT OPINION OF THE POLICE. THE POLICE DO NOT DESERVE TO BE DISPARAGED; THEY NEED TO BE SUPPORTED, AND WE ARE HERE TONIGHT TO PLEDGE THAT SUPPORT.

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RECENTLY, I WAS PROVIDED WITH A COPY OF AN ARTICLE WRITTEN BY PAUL HARVEY ENTITLED “WHAT IS A POLICEMAN”, AND IF YOU WOULD INDULDGE ME, I WOULD LIKE TO READ IT TO YOU, BECAUSE IT PRETTY MUCH SUMS UP ALL THAT A POLICE OFFICER IS.

PAUL HARVEY: WHAT IS A POLICEMAN?

“A Policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity.

Gulled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore instances of dishonesty and brutality because they are “new”. What they really mean is that they are exceptional, unusual, not commonplace.

Buried under the frost is the fact: Less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit the uniform. That’s a better average than you’d find among clergy!

What is a policeman made of? He, of all men, is once the most needed and the most unwanted.

He’s a strangely nameless creature who is “sir” to his face and “fuzz” to his back.

He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.

But…If the policeman is neat, he’s conceited; if he’s careless, he’s a bum. If he’s pleasant, he’s flirting; if not, he’s a grouch.

He must make an instant decision which would require months for a lawyer to make.

But…If he hurries, he’s careless; if he’s deliberate, he’s lazy.

He must be first to an accident and infallible with his diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp. Or expect to be sued.

The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn’t hurt.

He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being “brutal”. If you hit him, he’s a coward. If he hits you, he’s a bully.

A policeman must know everything-and not tell. He must know where all the sin is and not partake.

A policeman must, from a single strand of hair, be able to describe the crime, the weapon and the criminal- and tell you where the criminal is hiding. But…If he catches the criminal, he’s lucky; if he doesn’t, he’s a dunce.

If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn’t, he’s a dullard.

The policeman must chase a bum lead to a dead-end, stake out ten nights to tag one witness who saw it happen – but refused to remember.

The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman. And, of course, he’d have to be a genius…For he will have to feed his family on a policeman’s salary.”

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I THINK THAT MR. HARVEY IS SPOT ON IN HIS ASSESSMENT OF A POLICE OFFICER.

IN FRONT OF EACH PHOTO IS A CANDLE WHICH WILL BE LIT INDIVIDUALLY BY A RETIRED POLICE OFFICER. WE WILL READ THE NAMES OF EACH OF THE INDIVIDUAL OFFICERS, AND WILL LIGHT A CANDLE FOR EACH, AND RING A BELL FOLLOWING THE READING OF EACH NAME.

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 SENIOR CORPORAL LORNE AHRENS
 OFFICER MICHAEL KROL
 SERGEANT MICHAEL SMITH
 OFFICER BRENT THOMPSON
 OFFICER PATRICK ZAMARRIPA

 

 

 

NOW, PLEASE JOIN ME IN MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR THE FIVE DALLAS OFFICERS KILLED.

CLOSING PRAYER

DEAR LORD, WE HUMBLY ASK THAT YOU WELCOME OFFICERS AHRENS, KROL, SMITH, THOMPSON AND ZAMARRIPA INTO YOUR KINGDOM. PROVIDE COMFORT FOR, AND WATCH OVER THE FAMILIES THEY LEAVE BEHIND, AND, LORD, PLEASE BLESS AND PROTECT ALL OF OUR POLICE OFFICERS AND KEEP THEM SAFE AS THEY RISK THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OTHERS. ALL THIS WE ASK IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, YOUR SON. AMEN.

TAPS – PLAYED BY THE COMMANDER OF AMERICAN LEGION POST 112

CLOSING

BEFORE WE LEAVE, I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER A CHALLENGE TO OTHER COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS AMERICA, TO CONDUCT VIGILS SIMILAR TO THE ONE WE HELD HERE THIS EVENING. I URGE THOSE COMMUNITIES TO STAND WITH US AND PUBLICLY PROCLAIM THEIR SUPPORT FOR THEIR POLICE LIKE WE HAVE FOR OURS. THE POLICE NEED TO KNOW THAT THEY HAVE YOUR SUPPORT. PLEASE SHOW THEM THAT THEY DO.

IN CLOSING, WE OFFER OUR PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES TO THE AHRENS, KROL, SMITH, THOMPSON AND ZAMARRIPA FAMILIES. WE THANK YOU ALL FOR ATTENDING THIS EVENING’S VIGIL TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF THESE FIVE HEROES. PLEASE KEEP THE POLICE IN YOUR PRAYERS. WHEN YOU SEE AN OFFICER FROM YOUR LOCAL DEPARTMENT, THANK THEM FOR WHAT THEY DO AND TELL THEM THAT YOU SUPPORT THEM. AND IF YOU HEAR OF ANY THREATS AGAINST THE POLICE, OR, POSSIBLY SEE A THREAT REFERENCED ON SOCIAL MEDIA, NOTIFY THE POLICE RIGHT AWAY.

AS FOR OUR OATH KEEPERS ORGANIZATION, WE WANT THE POLICE TO KNOW THAT WE ARE ALWAYS HERE TO SUPPORT AND HELP YOU IN ANY WAY THAT WE CAN. WE WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT YOU AND WE ALWAYS HAVE YOUR BACK!! AGAIN, THANK YOU ALL FOR ATTENDING THIS EVENING’S VIGIL. PLEASE KEEP THE FAMILIES OF THOSE LOST IN YOUR PRAYERS. MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU AND KEEP YOU SAFE. LET’S CLOSE BY SINGING GOD BLESS AMERICA. CAN WE HAVE ONE MORE ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR OUR POLICE? GOD BLESS THEM ALL AND MAY THEY BE SAFE.

GOOD NIGHT AND GET HOME SAFELY

 

 

 

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