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category dublin | anti-war / imperialism | feature author Saturday September 11, 2010 14:02author by IPSC - IPSCauthor email info at ipsc dot ie Report this post to the editors

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Brave girl but did she have to actually buy it?

On Saturday 4th September Kate OíSullivan, an activist from the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), made a citizenís arrest on former British Prime Minister Tony Blair at a book signing in Easonís. However the GardaŪ refused to act on the arrest, preferring instead to detain Ms. OíSullivan for half an hour in a stairwell. At the protest outside Easonís, where over 1,000 people gathered to protest the presence of Mr Blair in Ireland, at least three arrests of peaceful protesters where carried out, including that of a secondary school student. All have subsequently been released and are due in court on 30th September.

Kate OíSullivan, the Cork woman who made the citizenís arrest, after her release said: ďAfter I went through airport-like security to get to Mr Blair, I told him I was there to make a citizenís arrest on him for war crimes committed in Iraq. Mr Blair looked down and I was immediately grabbed by five security men and dragged away. As I was being dragged I cried out that there is half a million people dead in Iraq, that he had broken the Fourth Geneva Convention and that he was a war criminal. Mr Blair refused to even look at me. After that I was detained for about half an hour in a stairwell without being charged with anything. I believe that all war criminals that come to this country should be prosecuted under Universal Jurisdiction, and if the police are unwilling to act then it is up to ordinary people to make citizenís arrestsĒ

Speaking at the demonstration outside Easonís, IPSC National Chairperson Freda Hughes said: ďThe IPSC supported todayís demonstration because we believe that Mr Blair, a war criminal, is unfit to hold the role of the Quartetís Middle East Envoy. The idea that this man, who claims that Ďwhen it comes to security, I am 100% on Israelís sideĒ, could be an impartial peace-broker is absurd. Mr. Blair is also on record as recently saying the Apartheid state of Israel is ďa remarkable example for the rest of usĒ, a shocking statement to make in light of the tentative peace talks which began last week. If negotiations have taught us anything, it is that there is a time to stand your ground and a time to walk away. Now is clearly the time for Mr Blair to walk away and allow genuine voices of solidarity to be heard.Ē

GardaŪ arresting two protestors
GardaŪ arresting two protestors

IPSC Chairperson Freda Hughes speaks at the rally
IPSC Chairperson Freda Hughes speaks at the rally

A section of the crowd lining O'Connell Street and Abbey Street
A section of the crowd lining O'Connell Street and Abbey Street

Activists attempt to rush Eason's after Blair has left
Activists attempt to rush Eason's after Blair has left

Caption: Interview With Kate O


author by Kev - IPSCpublication date Sat Sep 04, 2010 14:51author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Two more pics

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If only...
If only...

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie
author by eco joepublication date Sat Sep 04, 2010 15:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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author by old codger - pensionerpublication date Sat Sep 04, 2010 16:19author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Fianna Fail controlled Rte lunch time news said that there were Three times as many people there to buy his book than there were protesters. You will get the same propaganda as SHell to Sea or any legitimate people against crime it does not comply with their ethics.
WELL DONE FOLKS KEEP UP THE FIGHT AGAINST EVIL REGARDLESS.
Our government speaks out of both sides of its mouth and every other orifice because they are out of the same mould as Blair and Israel.

author by what the hellpublication date Sat Sep 04, 2010 16:28author address author phone Report this post to the editors

the ordinary people of ireland do not support blair but the voice of the ordinary is never heard through the thick red tape of impossible procedure and of course the final gloss of media coverage..mate it is all about business deals..

author by Sceptic . - None whatsoever .publication date Sat Sep 04, 2010 16:30author address author phone Report this post to the editors

................................OUR Day Will Come ..........................

author by the blair witch projectpublication date Sat Sep 04, 2010 16:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

tony blair is not an evil man,(although his comments on israel are way out of line)just a very misguided one,maybe that has a lot to do with his stout christian beleifs..

author by eco joepublication date Sat Sep 04, 2010 17:10author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"tony blair is not an evil man,(although his comments on israel are way out of line)just a very misguided one,maybe that has a lot to do with his stout christian beleifs.."

Sure as an individual he is a charming charlie, does not escape the objective facts that he profits from misery:

- His unpaid but expenses-rich role as the West's "peace envoy" in the Middle East, Blair is, in effect, a voice of Israel, which awarded him a $1 million "peace prize." In other words, his wealth has grown rapidly since he launched, with George W. Bush, the bloodbath in Iraq. Since stepping down as prime minister in 2007, he has accumulated an estimated £20 million, much of it as a result of his ties with the Bush administration.

- Documents released by the High Court show that Blair allowed British citizens to be abducted and tortured

- Blair conspired in and executed an unprovoked war of aggression against a defenseless country, which the Nuremberg judges in 1946 described as the "paramount war crime."

- Over one million butchered

- Four million Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes and a majority of children have descended into malnutrition and trauma.

- Cancer rates near the cities of Fallujah, Najaf, and Basra (the latter "liberated" by the British) are now revealed as higher than those at Hiroshima. "UK forces used about 1.9 metric tons of depleted uranium ammunition in the Iraq war in 2003," the Defense Secretary Liam Fox told parliament on 22 July.

author by Larry Wainrightpublication date Sat Sep 04, 2010 17:17author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Well done folks peace be with you.

author by DONpublication date Sat Sep 04, 2010 19:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

This photo was taken as they were arresting a teenager and trampling on a man in a wheelchair

Garda without identification number on lapel
Garda without identification number on lapel

author by DONpublication date Sat Sep 04, 2010 19:42author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Un-uniformed man films protesters outside Easons

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author by Mikepublication date Sat Sep 04, 2010 19:47author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Good work, vid.

author by Seaniepublication date Sat Sep 04, 2010 20:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It says a lot about RTE's so called impartiality when Murdoch's scum Sky News gave a fairer report on the protest.

They are just media lackeys.

author by Katepublication date Sat Sep 04, 2010 23:10author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Well done to all. The British media are covering this quite alot so its making quite and impact here and big congrats to Kate as well. Going out on her own takes bravery and guts.

Couldn't help but flinch to see Rich BB in the Anti-war movement bib though. Was the March predominantly SWP or was it multi-group led? It would be great to see anti-war reinvogorated by different groups in dialogue rather than some of the old imposed leadership.

author by Jacqueline Fallonpublication date Sat Sep 04, 2010 23:10author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It is a disgrace that shops had to close down and lose business and the whole of O'Connell St blocked off to entertain a war criminal.

It was also a disgrace to witness members of An Garda SŪochŠna laughing sneering at all members of the protest group who quite rightly spoke out against Blair, and to see other soul-less motherfuckers in the SDU (who I hate just as much as Blair) pointing out decent Irish people in the crowd who were protesting - when they were protecting a fucking war criminal behind them!

author by lepidopteristpublication date Sat Sep 04, 2010 23:45author address author phone Report this post to the editors

For readers of French here's a link to Le Monde's account, with picture, of the street responses to Blair's book signing at Easons. A Kate O'Sullivan demonstrator is quoted.

http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2010/09/04/seance-....html

author by picspublication date Sun Sep 05, 2010 00:06author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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author by people's assembly - people's assemblypublication date Sun Sep 05, 2010 00:30author email peoples_assembly at hotmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Citizens arrests, requests taken

Related Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkEM0SMHBes
author by children_of_lirpublication date Sun Sep 05, 2010 04:12author address author phone Report this post to the editors

They tried to do this to Henry Kissinger. Arrest the people still in the action.

A good protest though.

author by Stephenbrow - Nonepublication date Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:19author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Some more pics of the protest here.
Www.flickr.com/stephenbrow

author by easons book signingpublication date Sun Sep 05, 2010 14:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I can see the point of the protest ,but my biggest problem is understanding why now,when he is out of government,this does not have the media impact it could have(although it did get the message across),such as a cake throwing while he was in the political chair?he had many other visit to our emerald isle before now,such as the when he was building peace relations in the north of ireland?

author by at the protestpublication date Sun Sep 05, 2010 16:26author address author phone Report this post to the editors


We need to establish how much the state (ie you and me) will have to fork out to cover the cost of butcher blair's visit. the gardai, the gardai snipers, the compensation to the Luas etc. a scandal.

as for richard b b in his anti-war bib: it brings out his babyface features, dont u think?
time people stopped squabbling and got active on peace matters. there are other peace groups active around the country, Shannon watch, Derry and of course the people who highlighted the Blair visit on indymedia the Galway Alliance Against War. Why not set up a peace group in your community and get burrowing.

other reports:
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0904/....html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/05/tony-blair-...ublin

author by Scribblerpublication date Sun Sep 05, 2010 21:07author email scribbling at eircom dot netauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

This fellow spent three hours videoing the protestors on Saturday morning.
We're not far off a police state.

Special Branch Man who spent 3 hours videoing the protestors
Special Branch Man who spent 3 hours videoing the protestors

author by Cop Watchpublication date Sun Sep 05, 2010 22:21author address author phone Report this post to the editors

GardaŪ are subject to the same rule of law as other citizens.

Their actions must be deemed to fall within the concept of ďminimum forceĒ.

All actions carried out by gardaŪ must be justifiable, preventative and satisfy stringent legal requirements.

GardaŪ may use batons to strike protesters who threaten the safety of gardaŪ, other protesters or bystanders.

GardaŪ may also use force to prevent damage to property or to disperse crowds where safety is an issue.

Will the Garda Ombudsman Office ask about this? What do you think?
Will the Garda Ombudsman Office ask about this? What do you think?

author by Sceptic - None whatsoeverpublication date Mon Sep 06, 2010 03:30author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Of course The Garda Ombudsmans office will ask about this , that is the reason they are in place, ( to ask questions )

However it doe's not mean that anything positive will be done about it ,( as in to satisfy our collective guilty expectations )

It simply means what it says , ''mind your own business , this is in the interest of national security '' , so eff off ]

author by Stephenbrow - Nonepublication date Mon Sep 06, 2010 09:12author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Tony Blair has suggested on #daybreak and skynews he may cancel a planned book signing event in London - after trouble at a similar event in Dublin.

author by Tompublication date Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:16author address author phone Report this post to the editors



Good photos Stephen.

author by Jacqueline Fallonpublication date Mon Sep 06, 2010 19:20author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I was at the protest and I was infuriated by the way the anti-war protestors were treated by the gardaŪ and the SDU. As I looked around, I saw many decent individuals who have been on these protests for many years getting battered and that really pissed me off. The fact that I saw some members of An Garda SŪochŠna laughing and sniggering at committed and well respected decent anti-war activists who spoke out really angered me, and the SDU pointing out decent Irish protestors in the crowd made by blood boil, whilst they protected a man responsible for the deaths of countless numbers of people.

The fact that there were stupid Irish people queuing to get his book really pissed me off as well!

In saying all that, I wish to apologise for the extremely offensive language I used earlier to describe members of the SDU, whilst I hate the underhand, extremely unpatriotic, and often times murderous tactics of this group, the words I used to describe them were extremely offensive and meaningless and totally out of character for me (I have been under a lot of stress lately and there has been too many negative events recently that have really angered me). I apologise wholeheartedly for using such unnecessary and offensive language.

I should also clarify that I hate the decision Blair made to go to war and I do believe that this bad decision makes him a 'war criminal' and no better than Sadam Hussein.

I would recommend that Blair's book be moved to the 'Crime' section in Easons, it would do better there!

author by Sean Ogpublication date Tue Sep 07, 2010 00:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It would have been far cheaper for us tax payers if everyone had stayed at home

author by V for vendettapublication date Tue Sep 07, 2010 03:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

And the internet server farms of the world would release far less harmful greenhouse gases if hasbara bots stayed off the internet Sean!!

author by Roaringandshoutingpublication date Tue Sep 07, 2010 04:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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Caption: Blair Visits Dublin - Gets Egged

Related Link: http://roaringandshouting.wordpress.com/2010/09/05/blair-visits-dublin-gets-egged/
author by Jimmypublication date Tue Sep 07, 2010 14:42author address author phone Report this post to the editors

agree absolutely Sean Og, and it would be far cheaper for us taxpayers if we dispensed with elections, trade unions, public healthcare, fire brigades, libraries and pretty much everything else that distinguishes us from the middle ages.

author by Don'tBuyItpublication date Sat Sep 11, 2010 00:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Often articles like this just increase book sales. It's viral marketting. So Please if you are reading this, DONT play into the viral marketters hands and buy this assholes book as you are giving him money. People like him should not be rewarded for their crimes. If you take one thing from reading this, let it be DO NOT BUY THIS STUPID BOOK!

(if you must read it to see how bad it is then I suggest you find a pirated copy online and download it. That way you aren't giving him anything)

author by Don'tBuyItpublication date Mon Sep 13, 2010 00:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Here's a link to the torrent for the book so nobody has to buy it now

http://www.kickasstorrents.com/a-journey-my-political-l....html

author by V for vendettapublication date Tue Sep 14, 2010 22:40author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Now he gets a medal. As if a 7 million advance on his book and up to 400,000 dollars for a 90 minutes speech wasn't enough! I'm off to kill myself now 'cos Truth and Justice are just words in a dictionary and don't exist on this polluted little prison planet. Dog help us all

Caption: The universe is now officially taking the piss


Related Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/sep/14/tony-blair-awarded-liberty-medal-philadelphia
author by Bliarpublication date Fri Jan 21, 2011 17:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Iraq war inquiry: The inquiry will consider the period from the summer of 2001 to the end of July 2009, embracing the run-up to the conflict in Iraq, the military action and the aftermath. The inquiry committee members are Sir John Chilcot (chairman), Sir Lawrence Freedman, Sir Martin Gilbert, Sir Roderic Lyne and Baroness Usha Prashar

- Tony Blair dug his own hole at the Chilcot inquiry
In his final opportunity to present his case against the mounting evidence, Tony Blair put his foot firmly in his mouth
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jan/21/ton...quiry

Tony Blair at Chilcot Iraq inquiry Ė live
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/blog/2011/jan/21/ton...-live

ē Blair suggests west should be willing to attack Iran
ē Denies offering George Bush blank cheque over Iraq
ē Says Islamism is more powerful than people realise
ē Said in 2002 Iraq WMD threat not getting worse
ē Second resolution admission would have been 'catastrophe'
ē Regrets loss of life 'deeply and profoundly'

Follow more at http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/iraq-war-inquiry

Tony Blair put his foot firmly in his mouth at Iraq war inquiry today
Tony Blair put his foot firmly in his mouth at Iraq war inquiry today

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