Bank Floyd co-founder Roger Waters is being investigated by Berlin police for inciting hatred after wearing a Nazi-style uniform to a concert in the German capital.
“We are investigating suspicions of inciting public hatred because the clothes worn on stage could be used to glorify or justify the Nazi regime, thereby disrupting public order,” Berlin police spokesman Martin Hollwig told AFP. told AFP. It was investigated on Friday (26).
“The clothes look like an SS officer’s uniform,” Hollwig added.
Footage posted on social media shows Waters wearing a long black trench coat with a red armband during the May 17 concert at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
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German and Israeli media also reported that during the performance, Waters displayed on a screen the names of several of the dead, including Anne Frank, a Jewish teenager who died in a Nazi concentration camp, and journalist Shireen Abu Akle. with her A Palestinian and American citizen from Al Jazeera, who was killed in an Israeli operation in May 2022.
“We are investigating, and once the process is complete, we will forward the information to the Public Prosecution Office for a final legal assessment,” the police spokesperson added.
MPs will decide whether to prosecute the 79-year-old British singer.
Waters’ concert in Berlin drew much criticism in Israel.
Israel’s foreign ministry said Waters had “tainted the memory of Anne Frank and the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust”.
Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, wrote on Twitter: “Water wants to compare Israel to the Nazis. He is the greatest critic of the Jews of our time.”
Waters is a well-known pro-Palestinian activist accused of anti-Semitic views. In his performance, he uses an inflatable pig with a Star of David. It has also called for a boycott of Israeli products.
Authorities in the German city of Frankfurt canceled the musician’s concert scheduled for May 28, but the decision was overturned by an administrative court in the name of freedom of expression.