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'You are guilty of war crimes'

Issue No. 1894

TONY BLAIR got a few conversations he hadn't bargained for when he arrived in Enfield, north London, last week for the latest of his 'Big Conversation' meetings. MICHAEL, an anti-war protester, tells how he confronted Blair:

'I APPLIED and was invited to take part in the BIG CON in Enfield with Tony Blair. I sat at one of six tables of seven Enfield residents with Oona King MP chairing our table and a party worker taking notes. Oona King told us what to say and we looked at four prepared questions (on asylum) that we were supposed to discuss.

Three long rows of chairs were filled with party officials, public relations people and press and TV-lots of press and TV. After two hours of listening mostly to Oona King, Tony Blair arrived and sat at another table. Hush descended on the room and in this quiet gap, with all eyes on Blair, I stood up, walked over to him, pointed straight at him and said loudly, 'I believe you are guilty of war crimes.

'Dialogue with you is immoral and an insult to the thousands killed in Iraq, and the thousands who will die worldwide in the chaos you have caused. 'I urge people here to examine their conscience and not take part in this BIG CON that kills. The only just dialogue for Mr Blair is to defend himself in the International Criminal Court at the Hague.'

Blair grimaced and stared back at me. At this point two policemen grabbed me, lifted me, and led me out of the room as the press went mad to get pictures and contact details. Throughout the two hours prior to this I had been hearing the chants and shouts of the Stop the War Coalition supporters and the pensioners' group outside. This was audible to all inside.'

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Sat 27 Mar 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1894
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