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| 10/20/2009 12:00:00 AM

Colombian Town Cancels Concert Over Uribe T-Shirt

Oct 20--A Colombian mayor canceled a Calle 13 concert on Monday after the lead singer for the Puerto Rican rappers wore a T-shirt appearing to link President Alvaro Uribe to illegal paramilitaries.

Colombia's government last week complained after singer Rene Perez, who goes by the name "Residente," appeared on an MTV show wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the words "Uribe paramilitary."

Calle 13, nominated for five awards at the Latin Grammys, were scheduled to perform at a festival in Manizales in January, but Mayor Juan Manuel Llano said the group would not be allowed to take part.

"It is an insult to Colombians that someone of talent would use this to attack Colombians and especially our president," Llano told local radio. "Manizales has decided under no circumstances or for any reason can this group take part."
 
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