New Delhi: In a video that has been circulating widely on social media, Roger Waters, co-founder and guitarist of the English rock band Pink Flyod, has been seen calling the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) ‘fascist and racist’.
The 76-year-old recited verses from a Delhi-based poet and activist Aamir Aziz’s Sab Yaad Rakha Jayega while protesting for the release of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in London, who has been in jail in the UK since April 2019.
Reciting the English version of Aziz’s poem, Waters said that the poet was fighting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘fascist and racist citizenship law’.
“This is a young man none of us know, his name is Aamir Aziz. He is a young poet and activist in Delhi. He is involved in the fight against Modi and his fascist, racist citizenship law. I will read a little bit from one of his poems,” the musician said, endorsing the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protests and criticising the Indian prime minister.
In the video, Waters can be seen reading out the English translation of Aziz’s poem:
Everything will be remembered.
Killers, we will become ghosts
and write of 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 on the earth,
We will write revolution in the sky.
“This kid has got a future,” he quipped in the end.
Ever since the Centre enacted the controversial citizenship law, the country has witnessed widespread protests, some even violent. In the latest clashes between pro- and anti-citizenship law activists that subsequently turned into communal riots in New Delhi, 34 lives were lost and scores wounded.