Chelsea IrizarrySep 15, 2017, 8:32 pmSep 17, 2017, 7:00 am

Residents, officials protest Roger Waters Nassau Coliseum shows over his political views

Demonstrators say Pink Floyd co-founder backs non-violent Palestinian movement against Israel


UNIONDALE — Rock group Pink Floyd’s co-founder Roger Waters has a concert at Nassau Coliseum Friday and Saturday nights. Both events are generating controversy with some residents and even elected officials. On Friday, protesters gathered outside the venue, outraged over the musician's political views.

Hempstead Town Councilman Bruce Blakemen joined others to denounce the former Pink Floyd member. They claim Waters backs the “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement,” or BDS, a Palestinian-lead movement to seek freedom, putting non-violent pressure on Israel.

Local elected officials initially tried to call for a cancellation of Waters concerts back in July, citing a law in Nassau that bans the county from doing business with BDS. But the Nassau County’s response in part says that the scope of local law would need to be expanded by the Nassau County Legislature to cover the county lease at issue.

Water wrote in a Facebook post from 2013, “to peacefully protest Israel’s racist, domestic and foreign policy is not anti-Semitic.”

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