Demonstrators outside the Iraq War Inquiry have said that they will try to arrest Tony Blair for war crimes when he leaves the building later today (29 January).
The former Prime Minister is giving evidence on his part in taking Britain to war in Iraq in 2003. Earlier this morning, he said that he took the right decision and that he would take the same decision again.
Such a view is diametrically opposed by hundreds of demonstrators who have gathered peacefully outside the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, where the Inquiry is taking place.
Chanting “What do we want? – Blair on trial!”, the protestors include members of faith-based, anti-war, pacifist and left-wing groups. Amongst them are relatives of British soldiers killed in the Iraq war.
“I’m here because I believe that Tony Blair’s a war criminal and that he needs to be brought to justice” said one protestor, Jennifer Braunlick.
She told Ekklesia, “I hope something comes out of the Inquiry, but I’m more interested in the questions the people have. I want to know how someone can get away with taking a country to war on a lie.”
The Inquiry panel will be questioning Tony Blair on the legal aspects of the decision to go to war later this afternoon.
Earlier this week, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) criticised a police ruling that demonstrators could not protest immediately outside the Centre today. They have gathered there throughout the Inquiry so far, but were told to move further back for Blair’s appearance.
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