September 5, 2010
More than 200 noisy demonstrators, many chanting slogans criticizing Blair over the 2003 Iraq war, had gathered for the event and witnesses said plastic bottles and flip-flops were thrown at him as his motorcade arrived.
None of the objects — also reported to include eggs and shoes — landed near the former premier as protesters surged towards a security barrier separating them from him before being repelled by police.
One woman said she tried to make a citizen’s arrest on Blair once he was inside the bookshop where the event was taking place.
“After I went through airport-like security to get to Mr Blair, I told him I was there to make a citizen’s arrest on him for war crimes committed in Iraq,” saidÂ Kate O’Sullivan, an activist from the IrelandÂ Palestine Solidarity Campaign.