Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters had his tour dates in Poland cancelled amid outrage over his stance on Russia’s conflict in opposition to Ukraine, in line with Polish media and statements from the artist.
An official with the Tauron Enviornment in Krakow, the place Waters was scheduled to carry out two concert events in April 2023, stated the concert events have been cancelled by Waters via his supervisor, “with out giving any purpose,” learn a press release shared broadly by Polish media — however Waters claims his staff didn’t cancel any exhibits.
The controversy started when Waters wrote an open letter to Ukrainian first woman Olena Zelenska early this month by which he referred to as for peace between Ukraine and Russia, and blamed “excessive nationalists” in Ukraine for having “set your nation on the trail to this disastrous conflict.”
He additionally criticized the West for supplying Ukraine with weapons, blaming Washington specifically.
Waters’ letter made no point out of Russia’s accountability within the conflict, main Zelenska to answer on Twitter: “Roger Waters, you’d higher ask (Russia’s) President for peace. Not Ukraine.”
Waters’ remarks concerning the conflict angered metropolis councillors in Krakow, Poland, the place help for the Ukrainian trigger is powerful. They’re anticipated to vote subsequent week on a proposal to call Waters as a persona non grata, expressing “indignation” over the musician’s stance on the conflict in Ukraine.
“Bearing in mind Russia’s legal assault on Ukraine in addition to the rising variety of conflict crimes dedicated by Russian troopers which might be coming to gentle, (the councillors) categorical outrage on the theses and statements made by Mr Roger Waters in reference to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” the decision states, as reported by the BBC.
In a Fb publish titled “Hey! Lukasz Wantuch! ‘Depart Them Children Alone!,’” Waters stated media experiences that he had cancelled concert events in Poland have been unfaithful and criticized a Krakow metropolis councillor over the vote to declare him a persona non grata within the metropolis.
“Lukasz Wantuch has threatened to carry a gathering asking the council to declare me ‘persona non grata’ due to my public efforts to encourage all concerned within the disastrous conflict in Ukraine, particularly the governments of the USA and Russia, to work in direction of a negotiated peace,” Waters wrote in a publish on Fb.
“Lukasz Wantuch appears to know nothing of my historical past of working, all my life, at some private price, within the service of human rights,” Waters added. “If Mr Lukasz Wantuch achieves his purpose, and my forthcoming concert events in Krakow are cancelled, will probably be a tragic loss for me, as a result of I’ve been trying ahead to sharing my message of affection with the folks of Poland.”
Waters has since printed an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin by which he advocated for a “ceasefire and a diplomatic settlement that addresses the safety wants of each Ukraine and the Russian Federation.” He criticized Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, calling it a “heinous conflict of aggression, provoked or not.”
Waters stated that to barter a peace, Russia would wish to conform to an “completely binding settlement to not invade anybody ever once more.”
“I do know, I do know, the USA and NATO invade different sovereign nations on the drop of a hat, or for a number of barrels of oil, however that doesn’t imply it is best to,” the artist wrote.
— With recordsdata from The Related Press
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