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Dublin - Event Notice
Saturday September 04 2010
10:00 AM

Protest at Tony Blair Book Signing

category dublin | anti-war / imperialism | event notice author Sunday August 29, 2010 23:40author by éirígí Report this post to the editors

éirígí has reiterated its demand for the former British prime minister Tony Blair to be arrested for war crimes if he enters the Twenty-Six Counties.

The demand was made as the socialist republican party announced it will be staging a demonstration outside Eason’s bookshop on O’Connell Street, Dublin at 10am on Saturday [September 4], where Blair is scheduled to attend a book signing event.


Announcing the protest, éirígí spokesperson Daithí Mac An Mhaistír said Blair’s legacy is one of illegal invasions, occupations and war crimes.

Mac An Mhaistír said: “Tony Blair is a war criminal, with the blood of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians on his hands. Alongside his US allies, Blair launched brutal and bloody wars against the people of Afghanistan and Iraq. More than 1.3 million Iraqis are believed to have been killed during the illegal invasion and subsequent occupation.

“This man should be arrested and put before the International Criminal Court.”

He continued: “In Afghanistan, casualties continue to mount as the occupation and slaughter of civilians continues. Blair’s justifications for these invasions are a tissue of lies and deceit. His book is an attempt to rewrite history and justify his role in these illegal wars and the countless war crimes committed by British troops.

“In his time as British prime minister, Blair also oversaw the normalisation of the British occupation in the Six Counties and the murder by pro-British forces of nationalist civilians, including human rights lawyer Rosemary Nelson. He also blocked all attempts to secure the truth about collusion between British forces and unionist death squads, in particular their role in the Dublin/Monaghan bombings.”

Mac An Mhaistír concluded: “The book promotion in Eason’s is an insult to the victims of Blair's war crimes and Eason’s should withdraw their invitation to him. If Blair proceeds with his visit, éirígí will be highlighting his crimes and staging a protest outside Eason’s from 10am on Saturday [September 4].”

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author by No War Criminalspublication date Tue Aug 31, 2010 13:51Report this post to the editors

Fair play to the group Eirigi for this protest, but instead of groups capitalising on publicity for their own actions on the day, I think people should just come out as humans and individuals to express their anger at this mans visit, someone repsonsible for the muder of thousands

author by anti-warpublication date Tue Aug 31, 2010 13:56Report this post to the editors

good stuff but hasnt IAWM already called a protest

author by FCpublication date Tue Aug 31, 2010 13:59Report this post to the editors

The Irish Anti War Movement had already called for a protest/march, meeting at Parnell Square at 11am and marching down to Easons.

Why are Eirigí calling a separate protest? Strength in numbers!!!

author by trevpublication date Tue Aug 31, 2010 16:22Report this post to the editors

well done to iawm and eirigi. the more protests and protesters the better.

author by Sean Ogpublication date Tue Aug 31, 2010 16:43Report this post to the editors

funny world it is

This is the man who finally brought PEACE to our North ,

Kosovo and Sierra Leone

But Eirigi ,CIRA. ,SWP , ex SFers and IAWM et al

can not forgive me for getting rid of Saddam Hussein

author by Letitiapublication date Tue Aug 31, 2010 16:51Report this post to the editors

The man is a war criminal Sean. Him and Blair between them are responsible for the slaughter of thousands, hundreds of thousands of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their invasion of Iraq was illegal their crimes there were many. Any you want to promote this guy? Cop on will ya

author by Pablopublication date Tue Aug 31, 2010 16:58Report this post to the editors

Fair play to éirígí, good to see Irish republicans standing against tyrants like the Butcher Blair.

author by Sceptic - None whatsoever .publication date Tue Aug 31, 2010 19:38Report this post to the editors

Interesting interview about Tony Blair to be screened on B.B.C. 2 @ 7.00 P.M.

Tomorrow ( 1st September , 2010 ) ....Should be good to watch a traitor on stage .

author by Damien Mpublication date Tue Aug 31, 2010 21:05Report this post to the editors

Not forgetting of course Seán, Tony Blair's New Labour's arms industry as wholly advertised on New Labour glossy election pamhlets that dropped through many a door of the house I lived in in England. "Let's protect our £90 billion arms industry" the leaflet screamed.
Let's not forget the sale of Harrier jumpjets to Indonesia, nor the multitude of arms, bullets and fighter planes sold to despots around the world.

author by Pablopublication date Wed Sep 01, 2010 00:46Report this post to the editors

Lest we forget about the butcher blair

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author by Sceptic - None whatsoeverpublication date Wed Sep 01, 2010 20:07Report this post to the editors

Latest reports in Daily Mail tell us of 'a quiet & queue free morning' in Waterstones of
Manchester where 'a journey' is already slashed to half price on the books first day on
sale , Good , Long may it continue .

author by Séamuspublication date Wed Sep 01, 2010 23:01Report this post to the editors

Galway Alliance Against War are also calling on people to gather at the O'Connell Street and Abbey Street entrances to Eason's from 9.30am on Saturday morning.

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author by Joe Murphypublication date Fri Sep 03, 2010 16:02Report this post to the editors

Easons have signs up now stating that the store is closed to all tomorrow, except for the book-signing, until 12.45.
Not exactly good for business then. The security staff look a little jumpy today, but then they always do...

author by Sceptic . - None whatsoeverpublication date Sat Sep 04, 2010 11:03Report this post to the editors

Just in on 11.00 am news , a crowd of approx 300 have gathered outside Easons ,

3 people arrested in scuffles with IRISH GARDAI ,

author by Jamie.Spublication date Sat Sep 04, 2010 16:40Report this post to the editors

300! thats awesome.
Well done all involved.

author by Tom Ripleypublication date Sat Sep 04, 2010 18:05Report this post to the editors

The punkrock sequence of photos is impressive and, as John Major might have put it, indicate a not inconsiderable level of street activity during the Blair book signing.

author by children_of_lirpublication date Sun Sep 05, 2010 04:23Report this post to the editors

Looks like a good turn out of protesters.

author by paul - wsm (pers. cap.)publication date Tue Sep 07, 2010 13:51Report this post to the editors

See bbc story

Mr Blair earlier told ITV it was "not as if we need" to do signings to sell copies of his memoirs.

Announcing his decision to scrap the long-planned event, he said: "I know the Metropolitan Police would, as ever, have done a superb job in managing any disruption but I do not wish to impose an extra strain on police resources, simply for a book signing.

Which begs the question of how much of Dublin's police resources Blair was happy to use on Saturday.

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author by stephenrbowpublication date Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:33Report this post to the editors

Tony Blair cancels appearance at London book launch party at Tate Modern this evening

author by Redundant Republicanpublication date Wed Sep 08, 2010 21:23Report this post to the editors

Well done to all that turned out to challange Blair in Dublin. The man should be on trial for his war against the poorest people in the world. The coward with the blood of thousands on his hands.

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