Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters teams up with Hollywood actor Sean Penn in lashing Britain’s role in the Falklands dispute, reportedly stressing that Falkland islands ‘should be Argentinian’ and he is ashamed of Britain’s imperialistic history and ambitions.
Roger Water’s intervention came as the Argentinian government in Buenos Aires urges the country’s top companies to stop importing British goods.
Roger Waters on fate of the Falklands : Falklands are Argentine
Waters points out the shame he feels about British imperialism in an interview he gave to Chilean tv during his current South American concert tour.
Asked about his opinion on whom the Falklands belong to, Roger Waters responded “I think they should be Argentinian. England and Argentina are in the middle of a diplomatic tug of war, heated recently by both sides as they still claim Malvinas / Falklands as their own.
Roger Waters disgusted with British Imperialism that rapes, loots his way through the globe
The rock star declared he’s “ashamed” of his country’s Falklands policy, as well as of Great Britain’s colonial past.
The 68-year-old living Pink Floyd legend added that he took no pride as a Briton in the fact that for 150 years British colonialists were out ‘ raping ‘, ‘ looting ‘ and ‘ leeching ‘ across the globe. Later in the interview, Waters apparently concedes that the Falkland islanders “have a point of view and there is a case to be made” for them to decide their own future.
His lashing comments on British Imperialism come a fortnight after Hollywood actor Sean Penn accused the UK of ‘ ridiculous colonialism’ over its dealings with the Falkland Islands.
Roger Waters is a long-time critic of the Falklands War – the 1983 Pink Floyd album The Final Cut included the lyric: ‘Oh Maggie, Maggie, what have we done?’ referring to then British PM Margaret Teacher.
He stated during a press conference in Chile: “My view is that certainly [the war] saved Margaret Thatcher’s political career at the time at the cost of a great many Argentine and British lives, which disgusted me then and still does now.”
Falklands Conflict : Tensions rising between Argentina and England
The tension between Argentina and England has risen as the 30th anniversary of the Falkands War approaches. Earlier this week Argentine officials stopped two British-owned cruise liners from docking as they arrived from the Falklands.
This was followed by the proposed ban on UK imports. According to the BBC, the Argentine industry minister Debora Giorgi called the leaders of at least 20 companies, urging them to replace imports from Britain with goods produced by countries which recognise Argentina’s territorial claim to Las Malvinas.
Argentina is demanding talks on its claim to sovereignty over the territory, which it calls Las Malvinas and the words of a British Prime Minister accusing Argentina for Colonlalism is ridiculious, since England is the epitome for colonialism.
But the UK has reaffirmed that the Falklands will remain British for as long as its inhabitants want.