The city of Krakow in Poland on Wednesday declared Roger Waters, co-founder of the rock group Pink Floyd, “persona non grata” for his views deemed complacent on the war in Ukraine and after the cancellation of his concerts for the same reason.
“We don't want people in Krakow who take a stand for Russia in war information and support or repeat Putin's propaganda”, according to a message posted on Twitter by the vice-president of the city council of the city Michal Drewnicki.
He added that the council was unanimous in declaring the musician “persona non grata”, a decision which is however not legally binding.
In an open letter in early September, the British musician wrote that the West should stop supplying arms to Ukraine and accuse Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of tolerating “extreme nationalism” before urging him to end “this murderous war”.
The wife of Ukrainian Prime Minister Olena Zelenska replied on Twitter, addressing Waters: “You better ask the President of the Russian Federation to make peace. Not to Ukraine.”
Roger Waters was due to perform for two concerts in Krakow in April 2023, but on Saturday tour organizer Live Nation Polska tweeted that the shows were “cancelled” without provide details.
Roger Waters, currently touring the United States, denied on Facebook Polish media claims that his band had quit. He lashed out at Lukasz Wantuch, a city councilor who had called for a boycott of his concerts, accusing him of “draconian censorship” of his work.