Investigation of allegations of incitement by ex-Pink Floyd Roger Waters during a concert in Berlin

Investigation of allegations of incitement by ex-Pink Floyd Roger Waters during a concert in Berlin

Former Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters wore a jacket similar to that of SS officers during the concert.

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German police announced on Friday May 26 that they have opened an investigation into allegations of incitement during a concert by former Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters. In particular, he dressed to impress an SS officer. “We are investigating allegations of incitement to hatred because the clothes worn on stage are likely to glorify or legitimize the National Socialist regime and disrupt public peace”police spokesman Martin Halweg told AFP.

Footage circulating on social media shows Waters wearing a long black coat and red headband at the May 17 concert at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin. Several German and Israeli media are also displaying the text in red letters on the screen of the names of Anne Frank and Shireen Abu Akleh, the star Palestinian-American journalist of the Al Jazeera channel who was killed during the Israeli occupation in May 2022.

“We are investigating and once the process is complete, we will send it to the public prosecutor for a final legal assessment”, said the police spokesman. It will be up to the prosecutor’s office to decide whether to take any legal action.

Previous arguments

On Wednesday May 24, the Israeli Foreign Ministry reprimanded Waters for having it “tarnished the memory of Anne Frank and the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust”. “Maji wants to compare Israel with the Nazis”. He is “one of the greatest opponents of the Jews of our time”answered Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, on Twitter.

Roger Waters, 79, takes a stand from time to time, such as the war in Ukraine. “It is not true that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was unprovoked”, he had announced on February 8 before the United Nations Security Council, where he had been invited by Russia to speak. He also defends measures to boycott Israeli products in the name of defending the Palestinian cause.

The British singer’s concert scheduled for May 28 had been canceled by Frankfurt authorities but the decision was overturned by an administrative court in the name of freedom of expression. Frankfurt’s Jewish community and the Green Party are calling a protest against the new festival on Sunday.