Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced protests during his visit to Australia and New Zealand in July. Below is the press statement for the Brisbane protest (pictured):
Tony Blair has the blood of millions of people on his hands. He is a mass murderer who should be rotting in a jail cell, not jet-setting around the world earning millions.
Inquiries in the UK have shown that Blair conspired with the Bush Administration and knowingly lied to the world to justify the invasion of Iraq, causing over one million deaths, 4 million refugees and countless maimings and traumas.
It was growing evidence of these lies that forced him to resign as Prime Minister in June 2007 but his infamy hasn’t ended there. He was rewarded for his crimes by being appointed the special envoy to the Middle East for the United Nations, European Union, United States, and Russia.
In January 2009 as special envoy Blair gave political cover to Israel’s invasion of Gaza, that for 22 days saw bombs and white phosphorous dropped on a trapped civilian population in one of the most densely populated places on Earth. 1400 people were killed during Israel’s attack on Gaza, including 352 children.
On February 2, this year, Blair hailed his old friend, Egyptian despot Hosni Mubarak, as “immensely courageous and a force for good” after Mubarak’s troops killed civilians protesting for democracy.
In response to Saudi Arabian troops joining Bahrain’s military in a murderous crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Bahrain, Blair supported his friends in the Saudi and Bahrain royal families.
Blair continues to be a major cheerleader for the war on Afghanistan – a war that the majority of people in Australia and around the world want the troops removed from. Blair recently stated on Fox news that, “completing the mission should be the number one priority.” The same tired line we hear from the Australian Government to justify their ongoing participation in the US war for oil and strategic real estate.
A protest against the war on Afghanistan is being planned in Brisbane to mark the 10 year anniversary of the start of the war in October. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org