Tony Blair today cancelled his book-signing event at Waterstone’s in central London, in fear that hundreds of protesters would wreck it. This followed a militant anti-war protest against a similar event in Dublin last Saturday.
The cancellation is a big victory for the anti-war movement. But the Stop the War Coalition has learned that a party is being hosted at the Tate Modern gallery on Wednesday evening to celebrate the launch of his memoir A Journey.
Stop the War has organised a protest against the event. Kat Phillips, an artist helping to organise the protest, said, “It is disgusting that an institution at the heart of British culture should have allowed this event to take place. Mr Blair says he takes responsibility for destroying Iraq but in fact does nothing but celebrate the war.'
Lindsey German, national convenor of Stop the War Coalition, said, “It's a stain on the reputation of Tate Modern, to host a gathering of war criminals.”
Protest when Blair hosts his book launch party, 5.30pm, Wednesday 8 September, Tate Modern, Park Street, Bankside, London SE1 9TG