September 4th, 2010
07:48 AM ET

Arrests made at Tony Blair appearance

Former British PM Tony Blair walks into a Dublin television station for an interview Friday night.

Police made a "small number" of arrests in Dublin where former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was due to sign copies of his autobiography Saturday, a spokesman for Ireland's national police service said.

Despite reports that shoes and eggs were thrown at Blair, police could not confirm whether anything was thrown at him, and video from inside the store showed him unscathed, without any stains on his jacket.
A crowd of people, some of them anti-war protesters, gathered outside the shop to protest Blair's role in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A line of police wearing fluorescent yellow jackets kept them back from the street in front of the Eason bookshop in central Dublin.

Dozens of police were on duty in the street outside the bookshop since early Saturday and sections of the main thoroughfare were cordoned off to traffic.

Blair's book, "A Journey," describes his time in office, including his decision to go to war in Iraq. All proceeds from the book are going to the Royal British Legion, Blair has said.

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  1. TexVet

    Isn't throwing shoes a muslim thing?

    September 4, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. keeptonyblairforpm

    Exactly. Ireland is now Muslim! Not quite. It's now largely free of battling with the North, since Tony Blair setled their decades-long conflict. But there ya go. We're all Muslims now, aren't we? The Free and the Brave. If it was up to me I'd arrest these ignorant, ungrateful mainly anarchist mobsters – the LOT of them. I know Mr Blair wouldn't, though. I'm not so bothered about THEIR freedom, I'm afraid.

    September 4, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. splasher6

    back to the Wexfords the lot of you. outside of Bono you don't matter

    September 4, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ariel

    "Pelted with shoes and eggs"


    September 5, 2010 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. jack

    it felt safer when tony was our PM. He has got it right on iran, we need to stop them before they nuke someone.. cant imagine what all you protesters would be saying if they nuked another country! as for our soldiers , its a shame when they die, but soldiers know the risks.. thats why they sign up

    September 6, 2010 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. La Piovra

    I see he got a standing ovation.

    September 6, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |