Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters seems to be in a little bit of hot water after performing in Berlin fully dressed as a Nazi. German police have launched an investigation into Roger Waters, the former frontman of Pink Floyd, following his recent concert in Berlin. Waters’ performance stirred controversy as he wore a costume inspired by Nazi attire and appeared to simulate firing a rifle. (Pics & Video Below)
On May 17, the Mercedes-Benz Arena hosted a concert featuring Roger Waters, who has gained notoriety for his vocal opposition to Israel. During his rendition of “In the Flesh,” Waters donned an SS-style uniform, consisting of a long leather jacket, gloves, and a red armband reminiscent of Nazi symbolism. It is important to note that the armband featured a crossed-hammers symbol rather than a swastika, but the use of Nazi imagery in Germany is illegal. Consequently, Waters’ actions have led to an investigation by the authorities.
This is not the first time Waters has sparked controversy in Germany. Even prior to his recent performance, the City of Frankfurt attempted to cancel his upcoming concert, labeling him as “one of the world’s most well-known anti-Semites.” Waters contested this decision and eventually received approval to proceed with the Frankfurt concert, which is scheduled for May 28.
Roger Waters’ Berlin concert has triggered a police investigation due to his choice of attire and simulated gestures. As an outspoken critic of Israel, Waters has consistently courted controversy. This incident adds to the ongoing debate surrounding freedom of expression and the limits imposed by the law. Stay tuned for updates on the investigation and its potential impact on Waters’ upcoming concert in Frankfurt.
“The State Security Department at the Berlin State Criminal Police Office has initiated a criminal investigation procedure regarding the suspicion of incitement of the people,” Berlin police chief Martin Halweg noted. “The context of the clothing worn is deemed capable of approving, glorifying or justifying the violent and arbitrary rule of the Nazi regime in a manner that violates the dignity of the victims and thereby disrupts public peace. After the conclusion of the investigation, the case will be forwarded to the Berlin Public Prosecutor’s Office for legal assessment.”