Protesters pelt Blair before book signing

2010-09-04 14:46

Dublin – Angry protesters threw objects at Britain’s former prime minister Tony Blair as he arrived at the first public signing session to promote his memoirs in the Irish capital.

Over 200 noisy protesters, many chanting slogans attacking Blair over the 2003 Iraq war, had gathered for the event and witnesses said plastic bottles were thrown at him as his motorcade arrived?– although they did not land near him.

Shoes and eggs were also hurled in his direction, according to media reports.

As Blair pulled up, demonstrators surged towards him and tried to push down a security barrier but were repelled by police and some demonstrators were led away.

A police spokesperson said the number of arrests was in single figures but would not give a precise figure.

Blair was carrying out the signing at a Dublin bookshop to publicise A Journey, his account of his decade in Downing Street from 1997 to 2007, which was released earlier this week.

In the book, he said he “can’t regret” the decision to go to war in Iraq, which he took alongside then US president George W Bush, but acknowledged that he did not foresee the “nightmare” which was unleashed in the aftermath.

He is holding another book signing in London on Wednesday which anti-war activists are also pledging to target.

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