Rocker Roger Waters has applauded students in Britain for protesting against a rise in university tuition fees, branding the price hike a "retrograde step".
Thousands of young people took to the streets of London in December (10) to rally against the U.K. government's plan to increase the cost of higher education.
Waters' former Pink Floyd bandmate David Gilmour subsequently hit headlines when his adopted son Charlie was arrested and charged with violent disorder after the peaceful protests descended into chaos.
And although Waters does not support the destructive behaviour of some demonstrators, he has praised Charlie Gilmour and others for taking a stand against the proposals.
He tells Sky News, "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."
Charlie Gilmour is preparing to stand trial later this month (Apr11) after he was accused of clambering over a war memorial during the protest.