06/09/2010

Tony Blair Cancels London Book Signing

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has cancelled a book signing in London this week, following protests at a signing in Dublin at the weekend.

Mr Blair had earlier told Sky News that he would "take a decision later today" on whether to go ahead with the signing, while he told ITV1's Daybreak show that he didn't want to "put everyone through a lot of cost and hassle".

The comments came after Mr Blair's first book signing in Dublin was disrupted by protesters.

Protesters threw eggs and shoes at the former Prime Minister and one attempted to perform a citizen's arrest for war crimes, when he arrived at Easons in O'Connell Street to sign copies of his memoirs, entitled 'A Journey'.

Four men were arrested during the protests.

Rigorous security measures are in place for the next signing, which is due to take place in at Waterstones in Piccadilly, central London on Wednesday.

(KMcA/GK)

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