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German army in ‘racist video’ row

A video aired on Ger­man TV has shown an army recruit on fir­ing prac­tice being ordered to pre­tend he was in New York’s Bronx fac­ing hos­tile African Amer­i­cans.

In the grainy 90-sec­ond video, the instruc­tor tells the sol­dier to swear as he fires his gun.

US civ­il rights leader, Al Sharp­ton, said it was out­ra­geous to depict blacks as “tar­get prac­tice”.

New York offi­cials say they are sad­dened and frus­trat­ed that the Bronx dis­trict is depict­ed so neg­a­tive­ly.

“Clear­ly these folks don’t know any­thing about African-Amer­i­cans or the Bronx,” said Bronx bor­ough pres­i­dent Adol­fo Car­rion Jnr, who recent­ly returned from a trip to Ger­many to pro­mote tourism to the dis­trict.

He has demand­ed an apol­o­gy from the Ger­many mil­i­tary over the clip.

Skulls

Dur­ing the filmed train­ing ses­sion, an instruc­tor tells the sol­dier: “You’re in the Bronx, a black van pulls up in front of you and three African-Amer­i­cans get out and start real­ly insult­ing your moth­er... act!”.

The sol­dier then fires his gun sev­er­al times and shouts obscen­i­ties in Eng­lish, as the instruc­tor encour­ages him to curse even loud­er.

The clip was filmed in a for­est in July 2006, near the bar­racks of the north­ern Ger­man town of Rends­burg .

The Ger­man army said it has been aware of the video since Jan­u­ary and was inves­ti­gat­ing it.

It is the lat­est in a series of scan­dals to hit the Ger­man mil­i­tary.

A group of 18 army instruc­tors are on tri­al in the coun­try accused of abus­ing and humil­i­at­ing recruits dur­ing train­ing in 2004.

Last year, Ger­man news­pa­pers pub­lished images of Ger­man sol­diers serv­ing in Afghanistan pos­ing with skulls.

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