Blair may cancel London appearance over protests

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September 6, 2010 15:22

 
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LONDON — Tony Blair said Monday that he might cancel a planned public appearance in London to promote his new memoir because of potential disruption from protesters.

The former British prime minister told ITV television that a bookstore signing session could cause unnecessary "hassle and cost" for police. Protesters demonstrating against Blair's decision to join the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq hurled shoes and eggs at him in Dublin on Saturday.

Anti-war demonstrators plan to rally outside Blair's signing at a London bookstore on Wednesday, and Blair said he was also worried that the far right British National Party might attempt to cause trouble.

"You end up just causing a lot of hassle for people and cost when there are better things for the police to do and it's not as if we need to do it," said Blair, who added that the book was "selling fantastically."

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