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247 – British musician Roger Waters faces challenges on his current tour of South America, titled “This is Not A Drill”. He was forced to change his accommodation plans due to a boycott by the Israeli lobby, which resulted in him being turned away from several hotels in Buenos Aires and Montevideo. The situation led Waters to base himself in São Paulo, where he expressed his outrage in a interview exclusive to Página 12. “They want to silence me because I defend human rights,” he said.
In the interview, Waters detailed the refusal of his hotel reservation, highlighting messages from the Israeli Committee in Uruguay that accused the musician of misogyny, xenophobia and anti-Semitism. He vehemently refuted these allegations, emphasizing that such accusations aim to silence him due to his political views and defense of human rights.
The musician linked the boycott to a campaign based on “malicious lies” promoted by the Israeli lobby. Waters reiterated his political engagement, condemning what he called the ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people. He appealed to the international community to stop the violence in Gaza and expressed optimism about the shows in Buenos Aires despite the adversity.
Waters concluded the interview by reaffirming his commitment to human rights and criticizing the apparent acceptance of the Israeli lobby’s actions by some sectors in Argentina. He emphasized the importance of staying focused on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza rather than allowing himself to be distracted by personal attacks directed at him.
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