Pink Floyd's Roger Waters investigated by German police after dressing as Nazi ... trends now
Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters is being investigated by German police for incitement to hatred after he dressed up as a Nazi during a performance in Berlin.
Waters, 79, wore a long, black trench coat decorated with red armbands and mental insignia on his collar reminiscent of an SS officer while on stage at the Mercedes-Benz arena last week.
During the performance, Third Reich-style banners also hung from the stage while an inflatable pig emblazoned with the Star of David floated above the audience.
And now, Berlin police have said they are investigating Waters over his choice of dress as it 'could be used to glorify Nazi rule'.
'We are investigating on suspicion of incitement to public hatred because the clothing on stage could be used to glorify or justify Nazi rule, thereby disturbing the public peace,' police spokesman Martin Halweg said.
'The clothing resembles the clothing of an SS officer,' Halweg added.
Waters is a well-known pro-Palestinian activist who has been accused of holding anti-Jewish views. He has floated an inflatable pig emblazoned with the Star of David at his concerts in recent weeks as part of his 'This is Not a Drill' tour.
Roger Waters, 79, dressed up as a Nazi SS officer when he performed in Berlin last week. German police today said they are investigating him over the costume
An inflatable pig was emblazoned with the logo of an Israeli armaments firm and Jewish stars
He compared Anne Frank to Abu Akleh, an Al Jazeera journalist who was fatally shot last year while covering an Israeli Defense Forces raid on a Palestinian refugee camp
During the concert last week, a screen behind Waters displayed the names of Anne Frank and Abu Akleh, an Al Jazeera journalist who was fatally shot last year while covering an Israeli Defense Forces raid on a Palestinian refugee camp.
Germany's Orthodox Jewish rabbinical association has called calling for a ban on Waters performing in Germany — but the rocker continues to deny he is anti-Semitic and is only speaking out against Israeli politics.
And some city officials have tried, unsuccessfully, to ban Waters from performing in Germany due to his controversial views.
Throughout his performance last week, Waters tried to draw comparisons between Nazi Germany and present day Israel as he doubled-down on his criticism of the country's treatment of Palestinians.
Throughout the show, humanoid pigs and shady businessmen were seen 'pulling the strings.'
At one point, he even pretended to fire a machine gun into the crowd in his Nazi-inspired uniform — which were worn by the members of a fascist organization in the 1982 Pink Floyd film The Wall, which tells the story of a rocker.
A screen shaped like a crucifix also displayed the names of Anne Frank, who it says was killed in Germany because she was Jewish and Abu Akleh, the Al Jazeera journalist who the screen said was killed because she is Palestinian.
The Israeli Defense Forces have denied any involvement in her killing.
Waters also sang 'Lay Down Jerusalem (If I Had Been God)' while the screen behind him flashed 'F$%& the occupation,' according to Bell Tower News reporter Nicholas Potter, who observed the spectacle last week.
He would later change into a kutiya, a symbol of the Palestinian resistance against Israel while the words 'Palestinian rights' are displayed on the screen.
And following a brief intermission, an inflatable pig flew through the concert venue with demonically-lit eyes and emblazoned with