Police in Berlin announced on Friday that they have opened an investigation into Roger Waters on suspicion of incitement in relation to a costume he donned during last week’s performance in the German capital.
Social media images depicted Waters launching a replica machine gun while wearing a long black coat with a red armband. Police affirmed that an investigation was initiated due to suspicions that the context of the costume constituted a disturbance of public peace by glorifying, justifying, or endorsing Nazi rule.
After the conclusion of the police investigation, the matter will be forwarded to Berlin prosecutors, who will determine whether to pursue charges.
Roger Waters’ musical outfit is being investigated by Berlin police for alleged incitement.
Waters’ support for the BDS movement, which advocates for boycotts and sanctions against Israel, has attracted criticism. He has denied antisemitism allegations.
Authorities in Frankfurt attempted to stop a concert scheduled for May 28, but Waters successfully challenged the decision in a local court.
In Munich, the city council stated that it had investigated the possibility of prohibiting a concert but concluded that it was not legally possible to terminate the organizer’s contract. Sunday’s appearance there was accompanied by a protest witnessed by the leader of the local Jewish community.
The Polish city of Krakow canceled performances by Waters because of his pro-Russian posture during Ukraine’s civil conflict.