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Kanye West blasted for screening plans at The Alamo

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May 28, 2013 | 1:51pm EDT

Kanye West has come under fire from local officials in San Antonio, Texas over plans to screen his controversial new video on the historical site of The Alamo. The rapper has been projecting the promo for New Slaves on public buildings across the world to celebrate the upcoming release of his latest album, Yeezus, but scheduled screenings in the state of Texas have not gone to plan. One at the Rothko Chapel in Houston was shut down by police on Friday (24May13) as fans, who had gathered at the venue, were threatened with arrest for trespassing, while another in the same city was scrapped due to technical difficulties. Now it has been reported that a similar stunt at the San Antonio landmark - a former Roman Catholic mission church that was the site of a historic battle between Mexican troops and Texan defenders in 1836 - was also axed on Sunday (26May13) because organisers had failed to obtain a permit for the public display. A number of protesters joined the 500-strong crowd at The Alamo to voice their disapproval of the video screening, with one demonstrator, Angie Alexander, from the Texas National Movement, telling the New York Post, "It's very disrespectful to the people who died there." And Mark Loeffler, spokesman for the Texas General Land Office which is responsible for the upkeep of the church, adds, "It's sad that people have such little respect for The Alamo."

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