Roger Waters backs student protesters
With excitement building ahead of the upcoming Roger Waters tour of the UK, the rocker has voiced his support for students protesting against a rise in university tuition fees.
December saw thousands of students take to the streets in London for protests against plans to allow universities to charge up to £9,000 a year in tuition fees.
Some of the protesters were accused of getting out of control during the demonstrations and Waters' former Pink Floyd bandmate David Gilmour hit headlines when his adopted son Charlie, who had been taking part in the London protests, was arrested and charged with violent disorder.
In an interview with Sky News, Waters said that, although he does not support violent behaviour, he is full of praise for Charlie and other protesters for making a stand.
"I absolutely applaud not just his right to protest, particularly something like an increase in university fees to take university education out of reach of a huge percentage of the population who will no longer be able to afford it. I think it's such a retrograde step I can hardly speak," he said.
Roger Waters begins a UK tour with a six-date stint at the O2 in London starting on May 11th, with concerts in Manchester and Birmingham also scheduled.
Posted by Claire Charpentier