Saturday, September 4, 2010
Shoes and eggs have been pelted at Tony Blair as he attended his first book signing in the Irish Republic.
The missiles, which were thrown by anti-war protesters, did not hit the former prime minister as he arrived at a bookshop in Dublin.
Activists clashed with Gardai as they tried to push down a security barrier outside the Eason store on O’Connell Street.
Campaigners, who turned out in the pouring rain, were chanting: “Hey hey Tony hey, how many kids have you killed today?” They also shouted: “Tony Blair war criminal” and “blood on your hands”.
Undercover detectives mingled with the crowds taking names before Mr Blair arrived at the shop at about 10.30am on Saturday.
The city tram service was suspended as Gardai blocked off streets surrounding the city centre store. Shops in the area also closed, with Penny’s department store pulling down its shutters as scuffles broke out.
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