Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... Stop the War Coalition vs Tony Blair

Protesters: Stop the War Coalition
Target: Tony Blair
Location: Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London
Date: 21 January

The lowdown

As Tony Blair prepared to give evidence at the Iraq Inquiry for the second time, around 100 anti-war activists shouted 'Tony Blair, terrorist' and donned Blair masks. A picture of Blair photographing himself with Iraq in flames in the background was projected on to the building opposite the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. The protesters were joined by Iraqi exile Sami Ramadani, actor Roger Lloyd Pack, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Bruce Kent from CND, author Michael Rosen, as well as Peter Brierley and Rose Gentle, who lost sons in Iraq.

Why the protests?

Chairman of the Stop The War Coalition Andrew Murray has called on the panel to challenge Blair to 'tell the truth' about the legality of the war. The protesters claim Blair lied to his cabinet, Parliament and the country.

How did Tony Blair respond?

Blair told the inquiry cabinet ministers had been kept fully informed and had taken part in full discussions about British plans. 'The cabinet discussions were immensely detailed. The notion that people were not discussing it (is wrong). People were talking about this the whole time,' he said.

Media treatment

While the inquiry has been covered widely, the protests were significantly lower-key than on previous occasions and gained less press coverage.

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