A screenshot from Manu Militari rap video depicting dead Canadian soldiers
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OTTAWA - Canadian tax dollars are supporting a francophone rapper whose latest video glorifies the Taliban and applauds the slaughter of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.
"The enemy approaches," rapper Manu Militari says during the video. "I recognize Canada's colours."
Later he says, "In a few seconds they'll understand how much I hate them."
The slick production is set for official release on the 11th anniversary of al-Qaida's 2001 terrorist attacks.
The video presents a sympathetic view of Taliban fighters planting a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, detonating it, opening fire on the soldiers who emerge, and finally executing a wounded soldier hiding behind his vehicle.
The rapper has been getting rich subsidies for his work.
Between 2008 and 2013, Manu Military will have received almost $110,000 in grants from Musicaction, a non-profit organization meant to support Quebec artists.
Musication says 75% of its funding comes from taxpayers through a $6 million annual payout via the department of Canadian heritage.
Other funding comes from private media companies like Cogeco, Astral Media and Sirius XM.
The Prime Minister's Office has condemned the video as a "slap in the face to our military."
"This music video glorifies terrorism and shows an utter lack of support to those who have sacrificed everything for us," PMO spokesman Andrew MacDougall said.
Chris Alexander, the parliamentary secretary to the defence minister, has also slammed the video, saying, "80% of civilian victims in Afghanistan the past year were victims of Taliban attacks, and to romanticise these acts is irresponsible."