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...an absolute resource name is constructed from the given resource name using this algorithm:
If the name begins with a '/' ('\u002f'), then the absolute name of the resource is the portion of the name following the '/'. Otherwise, the absolute name is of the following form: modified_package_name/name Where the modified_package_name is the package name of this object with '/' substituted for '.' ('\u002e').
As your properties file is in the same directory as your class file, you need it to be prefixed by the modified package name, so you need to remove the '/' at the start