A group of approximately 200 angry and noisy activists spoiled Mr. Blair's first book-signing by throwing shoes and eggs at him.
While news agency AFP
writes "Blair is said to have been hit by shoes and eggs," the British press disagrees. Both the BBC
and the Express
make a point of saying that he was not hit by any of the missiles directed at him.
The former Prime Minister was in Dublin on Saturday to promote his memoirs at a bookshop in the city's fully sealed off O'Connell Street. Under-cover agents plus regular police were present. They prevented the protesters from doing any real harm and took some people's names down or led others away from the scene.
The protesters had placards with slogans such as "Blair lied, millions died," and could be heard shouting "Hey Tony, how many kids have you killed today?"
It was the first book signing since Blair's memoirs, A Journey
, has been published.