Islam has ‘no place’ in my country, says next EU president

Published: June 21, 2016
Slovakia's Prime Minister and leader of Smer party Robert Fico. PHOTO: REUTERS

Slovakia's Prime Minister and leader of Smer party Robert Fico. PHOTO: REUTERS

Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico is one of the most outspoken European leaders on the subject of Muslim immigration and is also known to hold the Islamic faith in barefaced contempt.

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“Islam has no place in Slovakia,” Fico told reporters in May. Warning that “migrants change the character of our country,” Fico declared he wouldn’t allow such change to affect his nation, implying an adverse, “Islam-driven” change.

On the subject of immigration, which is also said to be a significant factor driving the Brexit campaign, Fico has argued that his country has no obligation to house Muslim refugees and that, unlike the United States and leading Western European nations, Slovakia had little experience of Muslim immigration.

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“Since Slovakia is a Christian country, we cannot tolerate an influx of 300,000 to 400,000 Muslim immigrants who would like to start building mosques all over our land and trying to change the nature, culture and values of the state,” he said in January 2015.

Fico declared in January that he would “never make a voluntary decision that would lead to the formation of a unified Muslim community in Slovakia.”

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“Multiculturalism is a fiction. Once you let migrants [Muslims] in, you can face such problems,” referring to the spate of attacks on women in public spaces in the German city of Cologne around New Year’s Eve by Muslim migrants.

Next week, Slovakia will be replacing the Netherlands for EU presidency.

This article originally appeared on Washington Post.

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  • Shock and Horror
    Jun 21, 2016 - 2:03PM

    A very true statement Mr Fico. Experience of Muslim immigration around the world confirms this.Recommend

  • Feroz
    Jun 21, 2016 - 2:13PM

    At least this guy is frank and open and not a hypocrite like many other politicians. It is the two faced politicians we need to be wary of.Recommend

  • Faizal Thakur
    Jun 21, 2016 - 2:19PM

    I believe we Muslims should only work in muslim countries and should come back from Europe to our own country or only go to rich arab countries for work. Europe is againat our Islamic culture. They dont even have death penalty for worst criminals. Only those who hate their culture wqnt to go to Europe.Recommend

  • Saina
    Jun 21, 2016 - 2:20PM

    Very sane man . Must be held in very high esteem.Recommend

  • Point
    Jun 21, 2016 - 2:30PM

    What does the U.S. and Nato non-muslim forces invasion proves ?? which actually led to Muslim immigration ??Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jun 21, 2016 - 2:31PM

    I find his honesty refreshing .Recommend

  • abood
    Jun 21, 2016 - 2:37PM

    I thought only we had parties like jamat islani and india has like RSS.never knew these europeans were such hardliners and fundamentalist people moving there nations toward extremists and terroristic we in pakistan did to our nation.Recommend

  • S
    Jun 21, 2016 - 2:41PM

    @Faizal Thakur:
    LOL! the rich Arab countries are prioritising talent from the West and EuropeRecommend

  • Raghu
    Jun 21, 2016 - 2:41PM

    He does not know his own history. What if the Muslim Africans had treated the Europeans refugees the same ways during the World War 2 ?Recommend

  • Jun 21, 2016 - 2:57PM

    Multiculturalism is a fiction…. Why we muslim dont understand this. Once we understand this and realize that all these Americans & EU & India are our open enemies and they are afraid of us as when all the Muslim countries will be united where they will gohe.

    I pray the time is near when we all realize this and become on Muslim nation and build United Muslim world InshahAllah Ameen Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jun 21, 2016 - 3:29PM

    What this person has suggested is very sane advice. It is good for everyone and to maintain peace also. Every country and nation has right to make laws that protects her identity. Such thinking and practice already exists in Japan, China and other far eastern asian countries.
    His views support Jinnah TNT.
    What differs Muslims and a non-Muslims in general is that Muslims dont change their country if they dont like countries values, culture and laws, they start demanding Sharia and shooting people.

    There are no US and Nato forces in Syria. NATO have many Muslims too.Recommend

  • nasser
    Jun 21, 2016 - 3:44PM

    And still Muslims are blamed for narrow-minded ideology. Hitler …Mussoloni…and this Slovak guy are proof of deep rooted racism .Recommend

  • Aleem
    Jun 21, 2016 - 4:01PM


    Islam is not a race.Recommend

  • B N Gururaj
    Jun 21, 2016 - 4:02PM

    People who claim to be protagonists of Muslims such as Obama, Bush, Clinton, David Cameron etc have killed more muslims than have people like Fico or Trump. Recommend

  • Kitty
    Jun 21, 2016 - 4:30PM

    Reminds me of the horrors of Bosnia and Slovakia civil war in 90’s. The genocide of Muslims was the result of such a mindset.Recommend

  • reader
    Jun 21, 2016 - 4:34PM

    Amazingly honest to be a politician. This is what it is, when we have people like Sherani, then the West also has people like Trump and Fico. When people want their values forced on others, very obviously there will be a backlash.Recommend

  • Oranges and apples.
    Jun 21, 2016 - 5:18PM

    Why do people from Muslim countries wish to settle in Western Countries, why is the opposite not true, i.e. why do people from Western Countries do not settle in Muslim majority countries. Western countries have millions of immigrants from Muslim countries, Muslim countries have handful of people from Western Countries. The reasons are very obvious. Besides economic benefits, Western nations are civil, there is law and order, there is social equality, there is education and health care, there is democracy, there is hope and a more better future. Unfortunately it will take many years just for Muslim nations to realize what is wrong. Western nations have a history of over 2000 years, Muslims Nations have a history of 1400 years, that is one reason. Recommend

  • Travis
    Jun 21, 2016 - 5:46PM

    A backward ideology that refuses to reform or adapt to the modern world has no right to impose itself on other progressive nations. Muslims should stop running after dole and stay back in their own countries. They are free to live their life in the way they see fit. This man has the courage to voice that thoughts of so many millions in the EU who feel exactly the same way.Recommend

  • G. Din
    Jun 21, 2016 - 5:56PM

    Excellent thinking! Muslims came to India and the net result was the loss of a substantial portion of the country. The only difference between India and Slovakia is that Hindus had become so complacent and self-assured of their cerebral superiority that they neglected the fact that one has to be strong enough, too. By the crunch time, they had to capitulate. Slovakia doesn’t need to. Nip the evil in the bud. India paid a price for the wisdom it acquired, Slovakia doesn’t have to.Recommend

  • Point
    Jun 21, 2016 - 6:54PM

    I am talking about Afghanistan, Iraq, The rebels funding and training in Libya, followed by rebels training and creation in rest of the nations followed by extreme funding to Rebels which includes ISIS training and funding in Syria followed by presence of indian forces in Occupied kashmir, followed by presence of French air strikes on Syria, followed by Belgium strikes on Syria, followed Russian strikes on Syria!!!!! No Afghani was a refugee before Russian(non-muslim) invasion and failed occupation. No Iraqi was a refugee before failed U.S invasion. No Syrian was a refugee before forced rebel funding and training !!!Recommend

  • Fact
    Jun 21, 2016 - 6:56PM

    Does these Europeans know who taught them how to wash face and who taught them humanity when it never existed in EU ages ago during Church rule and ahead. Do they know who taught them to read and write!! and who gave them education ages ago when they used to travel to Arabs to learn what is humanity!!Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Jun 21, 2016 - 9:27PM

    His country or the region suffered so much because of muslims. His remarks are absolutely correct. Muslim have used present day technology to enforce 14th century lawa. Email divorce (Imran Khan), Phone marriages ( Sania Mirza Husbanf), sms / by mail divorces. Modern technology, old centuries old customs. Look at Burma, it found out of after centuries of having muslim that they need to leave. Angola a security Council member has bannrd muslim. I am glad that in India maharashtra and Haryana Chief Ministers and Assam Governor have called for muslim deportation to Pakistan. Recent Assam elections, BJP won it where it never ever won before, by one slogan and one promise that BJP will expel muslim.Recommend

  • Insaaf
    Jun 21, 2016 - 9:45PM

    @Fact: You are living in the past. Way into the past, like more then 1500 yeas ago. And thats a problem. Other than basic furniture, please show me one item in your house that was invented/made by Muslims in the past 500 years. Even the clothes you wear are woven on looms invented and made by the west. The language you type this in is not your own. Forget about the computer you are using (we don’t even know how to repair it) and the internet. Stop this rant and admit what you are, that will be the first step to progress.Recommend

  • Zen
    Jun 21, 2016 - 9:56PM

    Stop living in ‘what if’ times. Your are lucky to witness ‘now’ time.Recommend

  • Haramullah Fattuddin
    Jun 21, 2016 - 10:00PM

    Why like others, he is also talking about Islam or Muslims, time for introspection.Recommend

  • HZR
    Jun 21, 2016 - 10:02PM

    @Faizal Thakur:
    This is fine but technology,science and development of ideas is in the west.Recommend

  • HZR
    Jun 21, 2016 - 10:04PM

    @Ghulam Hussain Kothari:
    Outside of oil which is not a prime commodity any longer what resources do islamic nations have tha the world critically needs.Not much is my guess. Talk is fine but reality is different…Recommend

  • HZR
    Jun 21, 2016 - 10:07PM


  • Singh
    Jun 21, 2016 - 10:20PM

    Madrasa facts & knowledge on display.Recommend

  • Kavita
    Jun 21, 2016 - 11:27PM

    Absolutely correct, Sir. Your future generations will thank you for the peace in your nation.Recommend

  • Jun 22, 2016 - 1:08AM

    hooooh he used such strong words.he may be the brother of trump.Recommend

  • Pashtun
    Jun 22, 2016 - 2:32AM

    And then Islam became the second major Religion in america. And then people started searching about what Islam is that their leaders always talk ill of It. All muslims should download and listen the speeches of Imam Anwar Al Awlaki R.A. to learn more about the truth and stay away from fitan. Muslims of india need more because indians spit more poison against Islam Recommend

  • Jun 22, 2016 - 3:32AM

    I love itt fico.!Recommend

  • Barry
    Jun 22, 2016 - 3:37AM

    @Faizal Thakur:
    I agree with you. Muslims should only stay in Muslim countries.’
    So what is going to happen about Erdogan wanting to increase Turkey’s population – or the constant wars in the Muslim countries

    And what is India going to do with it’s muslimpopulation?Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 22, 2016 - 3:45AM

    What has to Happen will Happen. Inshallah. Islam is every human destiny and it will get to places where people thought it won’t.

    Allah does what is best and Allah is the best Planner and executioner.Recommend

  • Syed
    Jun 22, 2016 - 5:33AM

    It was Serbia not slovakiaRecommend

  • If and when
    Jun 22, 2016 - 5:37AM

    If and when, Slovakia, like Germany for example, has an aging population, it would need immigrants, mostly able-bodied, to do the menials of Western countries and this would drive the need for accepting immigrants, Muslims and others.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jun 22, 2016 - 6:12AM

    We are 2 faced people who call them self liberals. If something this happens in our on a citizen level we woudnt let any stone unturned to slander our country but if something like this happens in a western that on presidential level we embrace with positivity like we’ve seen nothing like it. Shame on usRecommend

  • Bilal
    Jun 22, 2016 - 6:20AM

    Why would nato be in syria they have done their job of destroying syria everyone knows america created isisRecommend

  • Tp
    Jun 22, 2016 - 6:22AM

    “If and when, Slovakia, like Germany for example, has an aging population, it would need immigrants…”
    @If and when
    There are immigrants and there are immigrants. All of them are not the same. Some come for the freebies, others come to work. The time you’re referring to will never come.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jun 22, 2016 - 6:53AM

    Funding came from Saudi Arabia and other Arab Countries, I dont think refugees are running towards Arab Countries. There are hardly Iraqi refugees in USA and same for Afghanistan. Afghanistan refugees stay in Pakistan and Iran. There are no US and Nato forces involved in Libya. There are no USA or NATO forces in Libya, Yemen, J&K, Syria, Iraq, Vietnam, Pakistan and hardly in Afghanistan. Why are Pakistani demanding refugee in EU and some even in India?Recommend

  • Paul
    Jun 22, 2016 - 7:05AM

    He has the courage of conviction to tell the truth. If Muslims object to the western way of life they should not go to the west.Recommend

  • Agnostic
    Jun 22, 2016 - 7:24AM

    How much progress has the Islamic community made in ridding the mosques of radical preachers? None.
    Has the practice of systematically indoctrinating their children at a young age been addressed? No.
    Therein lies the key to this puzzle. The community is still fast asleep.Recommend

  • Realist
    Jun 22, 2016 - 8:48AM

    @Shock and Horror:
    What a narrow minded view. I hope that you are happy in you cocoonRecommend

  • James Khan
    Jun 22, 2016 - 9:19AM

    Finally a sane voice in EURecommend

  • Rajesh
    Jun 22, 2016 - 10:06AM

    Great insight for this gentlemen, your citizen will reminds you for generations.l Recommend

  • SHAH
    Jun 22, 2016 - 10:11AM

    @Bunny Rabbit:
    Agree, so was Hitler and his gang so honest, saying that Jews have no place in Germany and Europe; Well in time, Germany’s economy, legislature and business today is owned and run by Jews; So, Fico, tell your children to be ready also for Muslims ultimately run your country. Time will make you eat your words and people of your country will then be under the Muslim rule; Recommend

  • SHAH
    Jun 22, 2016 - 10:15AM

    This fico, is the new generation of Nazis, neo-Facists;It is Christianity which has deep roots with prejudice and extremism.. Read history and they are the ones who slaughtered Jews and Muslims in Europe and during Crusades (Christian Jihads) ; They forget and then point to others for their own corrupt minds and defective souls; Recommend

  • Why.
    Jun 22, 2016 - 10:45AM

    Western countries are secular, Muslim nations are religiously indoctrinated. There is no comparison in the thinking. Muslim nations cannot answer the simple question why have they have not progressed, even though they have all the oil, land, population, natural resources etc. Why are they always at the receiving end, why do countries like Japan, South Korea, China, etc who are not Western but still are leaps and bounds ahead of Muslim Countries. There is something very very wrong with Muslim Nations, and the Muslim Nations themselves do not wish to admit to the reality of their combined failure. Why is there no introspection, why cannot they be honest with themselves?, why cannot they muster the courage to question their own way of life?, their own way of governance.? Recommend

  • Adnan
    Jun 22, 2016 - 11:05AM

    EU itself will disintegrate soon if UK votes to get out. Refugees are cited as one of the main reasons UK wants out besides the prospect of Turkey joining the EU. Recommend

  • ABC
    Jun 22, 2016 - 11:11AM

    He’s a radical Christian Recommend

  • Sheikh Yerbouti
    Jun 22, 2016 - 11:17AM

    Then don’t invade Muslim countries.Recommend

  • Jun 22, 2016 - 12:05PM

    Agreed, that we Muslims have to live in today’s world and not in yesteryears.
    Agreed, we have to change our behavior and learn some manners.
    Agreed, that Yugoslavia masterminded the pogrom of Muslims before breaking up into states.
    Agreed, that the future upsurge in Islam will be a thing to see and agree to.
    Agreed, we all pray to be alive to see the miracle.
    Agreed, the SKEPTICS are having a damned good laugh. SalamsRecommend

  • Milind
    Jun 22, 2016 - 12:44PM

    Clever guy!!! Else the country will see another partition, with Muslim claiming victimhood at the hands of majority.Recommend

  • BlackHat
    Jun 22, 2016 - 12:50PM

    Need of the hour is introspection. Course correction is unavoidable. What do we find instead? Apologists scapegoating “others”!

    Unfortunately, the Muslim world is divided. There is a leadership vacuum. Internal deficiency and external pressure is creating chaos and instability.

    But then, if an Ataturk showed up, he will, probably, be shot.Recommend

  • Singh
    Jun 22, 2016 - 12:52PM

    @Ghulam Hussain Kothari:
    Stop day dreaming.Recommend

  • Atheist_Pakistani
    Jun 22, 2016 - 1:07PM

    @Oranges and apples. people like to settle in other countries for variety of reasons. One of the the reason is the geographic location of Europe on the world map. Says a European country was in the Sahara Desert, would people want to live there?

    Exactly. Recommend

  • obsssd
    Jun 22, 2016 - 1:37PM

    “Since Slovakia is a Christian country” well our constitution pretty clearly says Slovakia is a SECULAR country, that binds to no religion or idealogy. Yet Fico goes and claims Slovakia is a Christian country. That’s how “honest and pure” he is, doesn’t know the first point of the freaking constitution…
    but anyway, let’s say he just made an error and actually was trying to say Slovakia is a secular country and that is why he won’t allow any mosques to be built. that would mean destroying all other churches, right? because he’s honest and fair like that.Recommend

  • Atheist
    Jun 22, 2016 - 2:16PM

    @Pashtun: it’s cancer to any rational thinking with its strictness and days old non sense .Recommend

  • naeemhussain
    Jun 22, 2016 - 2:42PM

    Why the world does not call him Christian extremist. Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Jun 22, 2016 - 3:57PM

    First of all not a single migrant want to go Slovakia. Second when Muslim roam they own the Rome. Remember Constantinople were known as Rome before.Recommend

  • Last Man Alive
    Jun 22, 2016 - 5:43PM

    When it comes to invading a Muslim country on the false and lied pretext of

    weapons of mass destruction they all cheerfully line up and bomb to

    butcher thousands of Muslim children, women and men but

    when it comes to take the resultant influx of refugees

    they spew their inner filth and venom.Recommend

  • Travis
    Jun 22, 2016 - 5:59PM

    It doesn’t have a place in the modern, civilized world either.Recommend

  • SanMan
    Jun 22, 2016 - 6:36PM

    Common sense but the leftist anti-white multicult wont stop until the whole world is non-white.Recommend

  • ahmad
    Jun 22, 2016 - 6:59PM

    Why do Muslim countries hesitant to accept Muslim migrant(like SA).Islamic faith is incomputable with free world.Problem is so called guardian of religion (mullahs) have enjoyed too much power.Recommend

  • RK
    Jun 22, 2016 - 7:19PM

    @naeemhussain: “Why the world does not call him Christian extremist.”
    He is only trying to keep terrorism out of his country. He didn’t blow himself up, did he?Recommend

  • RK
    Jun 22, 2016 - 7:31PM

    @Ghulam Hussain Kothari: Did you realize that the age of horses and swords are finished? Islamic nations have nothing these days compared to the rest of the world. You are living in the past. Wake up !Recommend

  • Alyssa
    Jun 22, 2016 - 7:58PM

    @Oranges and apples.:
    Are you serious?? You think Western countries have a longer history than Islamic-majority countries? Please read a history book even an elementary history book… The Islam world was developing before Europe even discovered the West. Arabs were writing commentary on Aristotle’s philosophy before Europe even had a thought about it. .. my goodness no wonder people are so hasty to bigotry… you don’t even understand world history. Recommend

  • singh
    Jun 22, 2016 - 10:55PM

    People from Asia/Africa are deprived of basic facilities, fed up with political/economic corruptons, that’s why they want to settle in west.@Atheist_Pakistani: Recommend

  • AdrianWerner
    Jun 22, 2016 - 11:50PM

    @Last Man Alive:
    Slovakia didn’t invade any muslim countries or take part in bombings. So you playing the victim card has no place here. The whole Eastern Europe is very different from the rest of EU. It has no guilt about anything, because it didn’t do anything wrong. Instead it’s been screwed up by the west, by getting abandoned and just given as a gift to USSR.
    Muslims exploited faults in western nations to establish huge closed off communities. This won’t happen in Eastern Europe. Recommend

  • Angela
    Jun 23, 2016 - 12:15AM

    @Kitty:Slovakia was not involved in any war, civil or otherwise, in the 1990’s.Recommend

  • Sunil
    Jun 23, 2016 - 12:36AM

    @Faizal Thakur Do Arabs like Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi Muslims? They abhor, treat like slaves.Recommend

  • spencer bongistan
    Jun 23, 2016 - 1:25AM

    @Faizal Thakur:

  • Khannea Sun Tzu
    Jun 23, 2016 - 1:40AM

    We must now come to accept that major parts of the world will no longer accept a free reign, or in some cases a presence of Islam. I personally face very little problems with Muslims here in the Netherlands (and I am transgender in a busy city center) but that’s not to say there aren’t any major issues. If I can express a preference I’d want less christians as well – just look at the psychopath christian element in the US to experience a serious culture shock. Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2016 - 3:49AM

    shhh that was a secret Recommend

  • Khannea Sun Tzu
    Jun 23, 2016 - 11:35AM

    @Aleem: no it is a neurological disorder.Recommend

  • Khannea Sun Tzu
    Jun 23, 2016 - 11:37AM

    @Faizal Thakur: I completely concur. I am in favor of our countries helping you migrate back and offering you considerably more support. But yes, modernist values are incompatible with this whole islam business. We europeans don’t trust you people.Recommend

  • Khannea Sun Tzu
    Jun 23, 2016 - 11:39AM

    @Ghulam Hussain Kothari: PLEASE do. Recommend

  • Khannea Sun Tzu
    Jun 23, 2016 - 11:41AM

    @Fact: where have they been latelyRecommend

  • Muhammad Ali
    Jun 23, 2016 - 5:15PM

    He is so ignorant…. He must be reminded of how Europe looked like during the World Wars.. He must also be reminded of how the Christian countries (European Union) are exploiting the natural resources of poor countries in Africa, Asia, etc. in the name of development… He needs proper education…Recommend

  • Glastonbury
    Jun 23, 2016 - 5:55PM

    Slovakia is east Europe and years of Russian influence has made them paranoid. This paranoia is evident in this statement. @Khannea Sun Tzu: Recommend

  • valentino
    Jun 23, 2016 - 6:46PM

    I think leaders of all religions need to have discussions and set boundaries globally. Most prejudice stems from a complete lack of awareness. It is sad that religious strife like the crusades are not even taught in history books. All information comes from already prejudiced minds. Any religious text can be interpreted incorrectly or literally. The Muslims have my complete sympathy and support for suffering because of sick dictatorial leaders. If we really want a free and fair society, Muslim countries must also let minorities practice their faith. These western countries that they so love to criticize give Muslims a safe environment to practice their faith…Even now….the prosperous middle east countries will not take refugees but give money to open mosques in Europe. That’s not fair….If you want rights in other countries, you must allow the same to others not practicing your faith. Only mutual tolerance can end this craziness. Recommend

  • singh
    Jun 23, 2016 - 11:01PM

    U r absolutely right Ali.@Muhammad Ali: Recommend

  • MadMartigan
    Jun 23, 2016 - 11:03PM

    @Muhammad Ali:
    You’re the uneducated one. Slovakia didn’t take part in any exploitation of resources of poor African and Asian countries. Nor did it take part in colonialism or crusades (even though the image of crusades being all negative is beyond silly). The lands that form Slovakia now have only suffered from oppressive muslim regimes in the past, while dealing none of that suffering in return (unless you considering throwing muslim invaders out).

    So really, Slovakia and the rest of Eastern Europe have no obligation to suicide themselves by accepting mass muslim migration from Africa and Middle East. Especially since those lands have native muslims, that are just as civilized and secular as modern christians, so the excuse of “it’s their religion, you need to be tolerant” doesn’t work, because we’ve seen muslims can live in secular country just fine. So it’s not religion that’s problematic. It’s the people who come from Africa and Middle East. Recommend

  • Farah
    Jun 24, 2016 - 12:30PM

    Misleading title
    EU is not a country.Recommend

  • singh
    Jun 24, 2016 - 2:50PM

    EU is nearing its expiry & about to die.@Farah:Recommend

  • Jun 25, 2016 - 10:05PM

    It is unthinkable to see a man with NAZI like views heading for the EURecommend

  • Kolsat
    Jun 30, 2016 - 12:57PM

    @SHAH: What you say happened centuries ago but what Muslims are doing is now. muslims do not integrate with their hosts and insist on living like they do in their host countries. That is why Mr. Fico is opposed to them and good on him. If muslims do not like the west then they should return to their home countries and live there following their religion etc.Recommend

  • jkhan
    Jul 26, 2016 - 3:53AM

    Sanity and Insanity is separated by a thin line! A very ignorant answer. Recommend

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