In response to a costume that the co-founder of Pink Floyd donned when he played in the German capital last week, Berlin police said on Friday that they had started an inquiry into Roger Waters on suspicion of inciting.
Social media posts featured Waters brandishing a toy machine gun while wearing a long, black coat and a red armband.
The assumption that the costume’s context would amount to a glorification, justification, or endorsement of Nazi rule and, therefore, a disruption of the public peace led to the opening of an inquiry, the police confirmed.
The matter will be given to Berlin prosecutors after the police investigation, and they will determine whether to file any charges.
In a statement posted early on Saturday on Facebook and Instagram, Waters denied the allegations, claiming that “the elements of my performance that have been questioned are quite clearly a statement in opposition to fascism, injustice, and bigotry in all its forms.”
He says, “Attempts to portray those elements as something else are disingenuous and politically motivated.”
For supporting the BDS movement, which urges boycotts and sanctions against Israel, Waters has come under fire. Antisemitism allegations have been dismissed by him.
Authorities in Frankfurt attempted to stop a concert set to take place there on May 28; however, Waters successfully contested that attempt in a local court.
Munich’s city council claimed to have looked into the possibility of forbidding a concert but concluded there was no way to do so without violating the organizer’s contract.
On Sunday, the head of the local Jewish community was present during a demonstration that was held in conjunction with his visit there.
Due to his support for Russia’s war against Ukraine, the Polish city of Krakow forced Waters to postpone performances there last year.