Cat & Mosque

Another great animated cartoon from Mark Fiore!

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Watering Hole – September 4, 2010

Tony Blair gets rousing Irish greeting

Four people have been arrested following a protest in Dublin city centre this morning where former British prime minister Tony Blair held a public book signing, the first since his memoirs were released this week.

The four were taken to Store Street Garda station where they were charged with public order offences and released. They are due to appear in court on September 30th.

Mr Blair arrived at the Eason store on O’Connell Street shortly after 10.30am. Shoes, eggs and bottles were thrown toward him as he arrived.

Several hundred anti-war protesters staged a demonstration opposite the shop amid tight Garda security.

The pavement area outside Eason and neighbouring stores were sealed off, with a line of gardaí and two sets of temporary railings separating the shop from the demonstrators, who gathered in the traffic island in the middle of O’Connell Street.

A bottle and some smaller missiles were thrown when a motorcade of three silver BMWs and a blacked-out minivan pulled up to the book store and then left. A number of minor scuffles took place throughout the protest, and the four people were arrested by gardaí as a result.

The northbound section of O’Connell Street was closed, and Luas services on Middle Abbey Street was halted. The Eason outlet was closed to the general public while the signing took place, and security shutters were pulled down on the Middle Abbey Street side.

Somehow, I think Bush’s publisher will make better arrangements to prevent this sort of publicity and shield the former President from democratic protests.

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