Berlin police investigated rocker Roger Waters, member of the group Pink Floyd, for wearing a performance similar to a Nazi soldier’s uniform.
“We are investigating suspicions of hate speech in the community because the clothes he wore on stage may be reminiscent of Nazi Germany. It looks like a Nazi soldier’s uniform,” a police spokesman said. Berlin police officer Martin Halweg confirmed on May 26 that he has been investigating British rocker Roger Waters.
Roger Waters, 79, has performed in several German cities in recent weeks. However, the British rocker’s tour was so controversial that some city authorities in Germany even tried to ban him from performing, but to no avail.
Waters is pro-Palestinian and is suspected of being anti-Semitic. He denied this, claiming that he was only opposed to Israeli policies, not the entire Jewish community.
Roger Waters wore what is believed to be a Nazi soldier’s uniform during a performance in Berlin on May 17. Photo: PageSix
During a show in Berlin on May 17, Waters also showed the names of some of the dead, including Anne Frank, a Jewish teenager who died in a Nazi concentration camp.
The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately responded to this move. “Good morning everyone except Roger Waters who spent the night in Berlin insulting the memory of Anne Frank and the 6 million Jews massacred,” the Israeli Foreign Ministry tweeted.
The British rocker is scheduled to play the last show of his German tour in Frankfurt on the evening of May 28th. However, many Germans plan to protest outside the venue.
The Frankfurt city government had already tried to block Waters’ performance, but the court did not agree on the grounds that it was artistic freedom.
Rocker Waters is the co-founder of the famous band Pink Floyd since 1965. Pink Floyd is considered one of the most successful rock bands, having sold over 200 million albums worldwide.
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