German police investigate ex-Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters for wearing Nazi attire at Berlin show

Roger Waters took to the stage at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin on May 17 and 18 wearing a long black leather coat with a red armband with two ‘X’ shaped hammers, black gloves and a suit and tie black, and carrying a machine gun replica. Now German authorities are investigating the rocker for “alleged incitement” to wear Nazi-like imagery.

“The State Security Department of the Berlin State Criminal Police Office has opened criminal investigation proceedings regarding the suspicion of incitement to the people (140, paragraph 4 of the German Criminal Code) “Berlin police said in a statement:

The context of the clothing worn is deemed capable of endorsing, glorifying or justifying the violent and arbitrary rule of the Nazi regime in a way that undermines the dignity of the victims and thereby disturbs the public peace. After the conclusion of the investigation, the case will be forwarded to the Berlin public prosecutor’s office for legal assessment.

Other stage decorations included a puffy pig bearing the Nazi-inspired logo, a Star of David and banners evoking Third Reich-style imagery, StereoGum reported.

Waters has been stung by accusations that he is anti-Semitic for his crude attacks on Israel. Indeed, last March Waters threatened to sue the city council of Frankfurt, Germany, for canceling his concerts there after the city accused him of hating Jews.

Minutes before taking the stage in Berlin, Waters sent a message to the audience disputing claims that he was anti-Semitic.

The message read: “The show will start in 10 minutes and a court in Frankfurt has ruled that I am not an anti-Semite… just to be clear, I condemn anti-Semitism without reservation.”

Waters also noted that his concert trappings were meant to evoke his fascist persona from 1979 in the movie Pink Floyd. The wall and the album of the same name.

Yet Waters has courted controversy with his tributes to people he says have been killed by governments, including American George Floyd, and Iranian protester Mahsa Amini, the latter of whom was murdered by ‘morality police’. Iranian in 2022. But he also added a photo of Anne Frank, killed by the Nazis in World War II, right in front of an image of Shireen Abu Akleh, a journalist who may have been killed by Israeli soldiers the last year in an exchange of fire with Palestinian terrorists.

Jewish groups have blasted Waters for appearing to couple Jewish hero Anne Frank with Abu Akleh as if the deaths of the two were similar. The two images together sparked “outrage among Israeli and Jewish activists and officials around the world,” according to the newspaper. Jerusalem Post .

The newspaper also condemned Waters for using images of pigs and sleazy businessmen in the concert, saying the themes amounted to an “anti-Semitic dog whistle”.

The State of Israel also slammed Waters for his anti-Semitic imagery with a tweet on Wednesday, saying, “Hello everyone except Roger Waters who spent the evening in Berlin (Yes Berlin) desecrating the memory of Anne Frank and the 6 million Jews murdered. in the Holocaust.

However, Waters’ former bandmates also called him an anti-Semite. Floyd guitarist David Gilmour recently called Waters an anti-Semite to his “rotten core.”

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