Roger Waters, co-founder of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd, has stepped into the political arena by publicly backing the German political party MERA25, a member of the broader DiEM25 movement. Known for his outspoken criticism of Israel's policies towards Palestinians and advocacy for human rights, Waters has made headlines once again, this time for his political endorsement in the lead-up to the European Union elections.
In a passionate plea shared across social media platforms, Waters highlighted MERA25's unique stance on the Palestinian issue, praising the party for its courage to speak up amid widespread silence on the matter in Germany. He urged German citizens to rally behind MERA25, emphasizing the need for the party to gather 5,000 signatures by the end of February to secure its participation in the June elections.
Waters' endorsement coincides with a scheduled tour of Germany by Yanis Varoufakis, DiEM25 co-founder and former Greek finance minister, set to commence on February 16. Varoufakis, a prominent figure in European politics known for his critical views on the EU's economic policies, will attend events in Berlin, Munich, and Frankfurt as part of the tour.
In his statement, Waters expressed concern over the backlash faced by both himself and MERA25 from the German establishment, framing the signature campaign as a battle against the status quo. He called for widespread support to ensure MERA25's voice for peace, reason, and universal human rights is heard within the European Parliament.
Waters' call to action, "Let's do the 5,000 names for MERA25, there’s lots and lots of us. Let's do it today," serves not only as an endorsement of the party but as a rallying cry for those seeking to make a difference through the European electoral process. By throwing his weight behind MERA25, Waters adds a high-profile voice to the discourse on Palestinian rights and democracy within the EU, encouraging others to contribute to a cause that extends beyond the boundaries of music and into the realm of political activism.