Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters reads Aamir Aziz's poem, slams "fascist, racist citizenship law"
Waters read Delhi-based post/activist Aamir Aziz's poem "Sab Yaad Rakha Jayega" (the English version) in front of an audience who had gathered in support of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
English songwriter and co-founder of progressive rock band Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, has spoken against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), calling the Indian government's new rule as "fascist" and "racist".
Waters read Delhi-based post/activist Aamir Aziz's poem "Sab Yaad Rakha Jayega" (the English version) in front of an audience who had gathered in support of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange who is currently facing an extradition case against him. Highlighting the problems with the CAA, Waters said Aziz was involved in the fight against "fascist, racist citizenship law".
"Everything will be remembered. Kill us and we will become ghosts and write about your killings with all the evidence. You write jokes in courts, we will write justice on the walls. We will speak so loudly that even the deaf will hear. We will write so clearly that even the blind will read. You write injustice in the earth, we will write revolution in the sky," read Waters, which is a translation of Aamir Aziz's original poem "Sab Yaad Rakha Jayega".
Muslim colonies in the capital city of the country have been burning since late Sunday evening after angry mobs took to the streets against the people protesting against the CAA. People shouting "Jai Shri Ram" were seen inciting violence, destroying public property, and burning houses as the governing bodies failed to curb the mob. The resulting clashes have seen more than 30 people lose their lives, while many from both sides have been admitted to hospitals as the central government tries to restore law and order.
Waters co-founded the legendary Pink Floyd in 1965. He joined the band as the bassist but became their vocalist and lyricist following the departure of Syd Barrett in 1968. He was part of Pink Floyd when they achieved international success with albums such as The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall. Waters left the band in 1985 due to creative differences, after which he has performed as a solo artist.
Waters has also been a vocal figure as an activist and has particularly highlighted the gross injustices occurring in Israel's relentless attacks on Palestine. After the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, which killed more than 12 thousand people in India, Waters performed "Wish You Were Here" with Eric Clapton in a benefit concert to raise money for the affected.
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