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Dec 18
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Calle 13, Assange music video set in West Bank met with praise and scorn

Calle 13's Rene Perez (Residente) at the 2011 Cosquín Rock Festival in Argentina.
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The Stream (Al Jazeera)

Puerto Rican band Calle 13 has received mixed reaction from social media users for a new music video collaboration with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Filmed in the West Bank, the video "Multi_Viral" addresses several controversial topics, including a scathing critique of corporate media and transparency within government.

Band leader Rene Perez (aka Residente), Assange, guitarist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, and Palestinian artist Kamilya Jubran are featured in the video, which tells the tale of a Palestinian boy who finds freedom in the form of musical expression.

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