A councilor from Krakow, the Polish capital, explained that the spaces where the events would take place are public, but that the composer could perform in a private venue if he so wishes.
AP – The Polish city of Krakow has canceled the concerts of the co-founder of Pink fluid Ruggero Waters because of his solidarity with Russia in the war against Ukraine, a local councilor said on Monday 26, inviting the singer to visit Ukraine with him to see the extent of Russian crimes.
the adviser Lukasz Wantuch said the city owns the arena where two Waters concerts were scheduled for April before they were canceled. He said the city would not tolerate them being used by an artist who spreads questionable ideas to most people in Poland.
Roger Waters during his stay in Brazil in 2018. Photo: Fabio Motta / Estadão
He also said Waters was free to perform in a private venue if he wished. “He doesn’t realize the truth,” Wantuch said The Associated Press. “He does not understand what is happening in Ukraine”.
Polish media reported on Saturday 24 that the shows were canceled by Waters’ management in reaction to the outcry over their views. Waters denied on Sunday 25 and Wantuch confirmed that Krakow and the venue had made the decision to cancel the concerts.
Wantuch, which has participated in 27 humanitarian missions to Ukraine since the war began, led a symbolic resolution to declare Waters “persona non grata” in the city. A vote is scheduled. Wantuch invited Waters in an open Facebook post Monday to join him on a visit to Ukraine to see for himself the extent of the devastation caused by the Russian attacks.
In a post on Facebook On Sunday, Waters accused Wantuch of “censoring my work”. He said: “Wantuch seems to know nothing of my work history, my whole life, at some personal cost, in the service of human rights.” Waters, who is gone Pink fluid in 1985 and has since largely kept his distance from his former bench mates, blaming both Born as for Ukraine for the war.
He wrote an open letter to the Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelensky this month, in which he accused the “extremist nationalists” in Ukraine of “putting their country on the path of this disastrous war”. He also criticized the West for supplying arms to Ukraine, particularly blaming Washington. He also openly sided with China on the Taiwan issue.
Wantuch wrote in his open message to Waters that, with 2.6 million followers on social media, he had the power to influence many minds. Wantuch wrote: “You are asking the West to stop military aid, which actually means the capitulation of Ukraine. Ukraine will not give up, it will fight, but because of people like you, for what you say and write. , it will be a much tougher fight. “