Pink Floyd co-founder slams Ukraine ‘censorship’ — RT Games & Culture


Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters has denied media reports that he canceled two concerts in Krakow, Poland. He accused local authorities of censoring him for his criticism of Western involvement in the Ukrainian conflict.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Waters spoke to the Guardian and Polish newspaper Gazeta Krakowska.

Your newspapers are wrong in their claims that I or my management canceled my upcoming shows in Krakow, we didn’t,” he said.

He then confirmed that a Krakow city councilor, Lukasz Wantuch, had brought a motion to declare Waters persona non grata. According to the musician, it is “because of my public efforts to encourage all those involved in the disastrous war in Ukraine…to work for a negotiated peace.


Waters went on to say that Wantuch urged people to boycott his show, noting that this push is “not very democratic.

The Pink Floyd co-founder said if these efforts result in concerts being canceled, it will be “a sad lossfor himself, but also for the people of Krakow who wanted to see the show.

His [Wantuch’s] a draconian censorship of my work will deny them the possibility of forming their own opinion,“said the musician.

The Facebook post came in response to articles in several Polish media outlets, and later in The Guardian.

Reports quote site representative Lukasz Pytko as saying, “Roger Waters’ manager has decided to step down – without giving a reason.”

Both concerts are scheduled to take place in April 2023 at the Tauron Arena in Krakow, although they are not listed on Waters’ “This Is Not a Drill” tour website.

The veteran rock star has repeatedly accused the United States and the West of fueling the conflict by supplying arms to Ukraine.

Waters wrote an open letter to Ukraine’s First Lady Elena Zelenskaya earlier this month accusing “forces of extreme nationalismin Ukraine to drag the country into conflict.


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