Roger Waters joined hundreds of people in protests in London in demanding the release of jailed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on February 22.
In a speech to the crowd, the musician attempted to put Assange's persecution in a global context, making references to India's recently amended Citizenship Act as well as protests in Chile, Lebanon, Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina and France.
"Julian is why we are here today, but this is no parochial protest. We are today part of a global movement, a global movement that might be the beginning of the global enlightenment that this fragile planet so desperately needs," he said according to a YouTube video and other news media.
Waters read out an English translation of Aamir Aziz's 'Sab Yaad Rakha Jayega', introducing him as a young poet and activist in Delhi.
Waters recited the following verse:
"Kill us, we will become ghosts and write
of your killings, with all the evidence.
You write jokes in court;
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.
Everything will be remembered;
After reciting the poem, Waters also said, "I think this kid's got a future."