The Galway Alliance Against War will stage a lunchtime protest outside Eason’s today in opposition to the company’s decision to host a book-signing event for Tony Blair in Dublin next week.
The local peace group is accusing the former British PM of being a war criminal and argues that he “deliberately lied” in order to launch the Iraq war which has led to the deaths of 1.3 million Iraqis and thousands of US and British soldiers.
The group is urging other peace organisations around the country to protest at Eason’s stores. It is also calling on the public to contact Eason’s locally and nationally and voice objections to the visit.
GAAW spokesperson Niall Farrell said he was “shocked” that Eason’s would have “anything to do with this man”.
“The British Legion has very reluctantly accepted Blair’s offer to donate his proceeds from the book to the organisation,” he said. “Many widows and families of dead British servicemen, as well as severely injured British soldiers, have described the donation as ‘blood money’.”