Thursday, March 25, 2010

Citizen Attempts to Arrest British War Criminal

Tony Blair in citizen's arrest scare as Brussels journalist tries to detain him over 'war crimes'

By Justin Stares
Last updated at 11:19 PM on 23rd March 2010

A journalist tried to arrest Tony Blair for 'crimes against peace' as the former prime minister arrived to give a speech at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Mr Blair flinched as his accuser, left-wing writer David Cronin, wearing a press pass and carrying a notepad, put a hand on his wrist and told him: 'This is a citizen's arrest.'

The former leader is then said to have given would-be detainer a 'bewildered and contemptuous' stare before bodyguards pounced.

As Mr Cronin was pushed away on Monday, he shouted 'Mr Blair, you are guilty of war crimes' referring to the Iraq invasion.

American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference

Attempted arrest: Tony Blair at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference in Washington yesterday, where he spoke in his capacity as Mid-East Envoy


'War of aggression': David Cronin

English law allows anyone to try and arrest someone they know has committed a crime when it is not practical for the police to do so.

Although the concept of citizen's arrest is woollier in Belgian law, Mr Cronin said he wanted to to escort the former leader to a nearby police station to be charged with committing a 'war of aggression'.

Mr Cronin, who has written for the Guardian, said: 'It was an attempt to draw attention to Mr Blair's crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.'

He left the room of his own accord after the incident, although when he returned half an hour later he was refused entry by security.

'My motivation in trying to arrest Blair is entirely based on my contempt for the crimes he has committed and abetted in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Lebanon and Serbia,' Cronin told

It is the second time that Mr Blair's bodyguards have had to step in to protect him in six months.

In October of last year the former Prime Minister was touring a West Bank mosque when he was assailed by a young Palestinian who accused him of being a terrorist.

'He is not welcome in the land of Palestine,' the man shouted before he was dragged away by Palestinian security forces.

He studied history and development studies at University College Dublin, followed by journalism at Dublin City University.

After writing for a variety of Irish publications, he moved to Brussels in 1995, initially working as a press officer and research assistant in the European Parliament for a Green Party MEP.

He was appointed the European Correspondent for The Sunday Tribune, a leading Irish newspaper, in 1998. He then worked from 2001 till 2006 as Political Correspondent for European Voice, a weekly newspaper owned by The Economist.

Cronin has also written about rock, jazz and world music for The Wall Street Journal Europe and The Bulletin, the main English-language magazine targeting expatriates living in Belgium.

He has written a book on EU -Israeli relations which he says is coming out later this year.

But the most telling part of the story is in the comments. Here are the highest rated ones:

well done that man, someday the rat will run out of holes to hide in and justice will prevail.

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Well done Mr Cronin!!! You attempted to do what thousands of British people want to do. It's just so appalling that we are paying for his security when most of us want him brought to justice for his crimes. He is an evil man and I object to paying for his protection against his egotistical motivated crimes. He doesn't realise just how much he and his party are hated.

Click to rate Rating 191

Well done, Mr. Cronin. You have put your money where your mouth is, unlike your media colleagues.

Click to rate Rating 178

Well done that man-could you also arrest him for wrecking Great Britain and inflicting the most incompetent government onto the poor people of this once great country too.

Click to rate Rating 171

"Protected by bodyguards"... Paid for by whom, exactly? .....thought so

Click to rate Rating 156

'I think it's important for you guys as well to not always mistake the protest for the general view of the whole population.'

The general opinion of the majority of the population is that YOU ARE a war criminal so wake up and smell the coffee

Click to rate Rating 107

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