Hipster Attempts To Citizen’s Arrest Tony Blair for War Crimes

Part-time DJ Twiggy Garcia approached former British prime minister in East London restaurant

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair leaves the Royal Courts of Justice after testifying to the Leveson inquiry in London on May 28, 2012

Updated: Jan. 22, 10:20am EST

A London bartender attempted to put Tony Blair under citizen’s arrest when the former British prime minister entered his trendy restaurant Friday night.

Twiggy Garcia, also a DJ who goes by the name Ghoulian Assange on Twitter, was the fifth citizen who has tried to arrest Blair for war crimes.

In spite of fellow staff members’ discouraging words, Garcia approached Blair’s table, filled with family and friends. Garcia told Vice, “I went over to him, put my hand on his shoulder and said: ‘Mr Blair, this is a citizen’s arrest for a crime against peace, namely your decision to launch an unprovoked war against Iraq. I am inviting you to accompany me to a police station to answer the charge.’”

Blair reportedly declined the offer and responded, “No, shouldn’t you be worried about Syria?”

Garcia said he decided to leave after a brief conversation and a second offer to accompany the former PM to the police station, having noticed Blair’s son go downstairs to get security.  He also quit his job on the spot.

A spokesman for Tony Blair took issue with the specifics of Garcia’s account. “There is nothing to report here apart from fact that Mr Blair did offer to discuss the issue – that offer was declined and the individual walked off. Nothing else happened. Everyone is fine and they had a great time at the restaurant.”

Garcia said he was inspired by the website arrestblair.org, which offers a bounty of about £2,150 (about $3,500) to anyone who can “arrest” Blair for his actions during the Iraq War.

[VICE]

This story was updated to include a response from Tony Blair’s office.

94 comments
cornelisdenheyer
cornelisdenheyer

What a heroes we have today in our world. To arrest Tony Blair for an  attack on a dictatorship where no human rights organisation can ever be in defense of. Let alone that no one ever speaks about the thousands of people S. Hoessein has killed with gas attacks in Northern Iraq when he was in power. 

David Fadul
David Fadul

Yeah Michael, and over 3,000 soldiers died in Iraq under bush. At least Obama got them out.

Ash Zee
Ash Zee

I'm waiting for the bounty money to increase, then I'll start the hunt ,)

Realworldnonfantasyland
Realworldnonfantasyland

Sounds about right... Hipster calls somebody out, person called out says lets talk about what you called me out upon... hipster... no thank you, I just want to throw stones

BenjaminNeuells
BenjaminNeuells

Excuse me, but flooding ALL and ONLY White countries with MILLIONS of non-Whites and telling everyone to 'assimilate' to create a blended humanity IS White GENOCIDE.
Africa will still be full of Africans
Asia will still be full of Asians
Only White children will suffer from this insanity.
It's White GENOCIDE!
Except 'anti-racists' don't call it GENOCIDE when it's done to White children.
They call it 'diversity'.
Anti-racist is a code for anti-White, and Diversity is a code for White Genocide.

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

typical libtarded moron. you idiots are clueless

Nino Rampulla
Nino Rampulla

If something assumed is stated does that make it redundant?

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

Who in their right mind would want to touch Tony Blair ? Ick .

jasonhops99
jasonhops99

The “Melting Pot” agenda is for EVERY White country and ONLY White countries!

It’s not for Japan

It’s not for India

It’s not for Kenya

It’s not for Saudi Arabia

It’s not for Mexico

It’s for EVERY White country on earth. Whites countries need to be MELTED and if you disagree then you are a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionje­ws! Any planned eradication of a race (aka “Melting Pot” for EVERY White country) IS Genocide.

Anti-Racist is a codeword for Anti-White

Yosry Aly
Yosry Aly

Price tag is only $3500? It is not worth the trouble. Save few some cats from the streets and shelter them is a better idea .

Kava Chikore
Kava Chikore

Both Tony Blair and George Bush should be arrested for their past evil deeds

Michael Echo Bravo
Michael Echo Bravo

575 US troops died in Afghanistan during the Bush presidency. By August 18, 2010, following two troop surges initiated by President Obama, that number had doubled. Today, over 1500 US troops have died in Afghanistan since President Obama took office—and yet, little in that war-torn country has changed.

Colin Raunig
Colin Raunig

It's not lost on me that the source story was written by Vice

Shaun Watson
Shaun Watson

we all know iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 it was just seen as part of americas war on terror as the search for bin laden began around the same time

Jerry Baker
Jerry Baker

None of these groups, Shaun, had anything to do with 9/11.

Andrew Medlicott
Andrew Medlicott

Personally, I think Tony Blair should be fired out of a cannon on Horseguards parade ground in front of the relatives of the British service personnel who died fighting another unjustifiable war.

Jerry Baker
Jerry Baker

I'd pay $3,500 to personally throw Bush in the hoosegow. Another $3,500 to be on the firing squad for Cheney.

Luke Filthymcnasty O Ceallaigh
Luke Filthymcnasty O Ceallaigh

So we should launch troops into North Korea, S audi, Bahrain on moral grounds, or not have done it in Iraq on equitable grounds

Barbara Maxtone-Graham
Barbara Maxtone-Graham

Yeah, haul the "axis of evil" off to the Hague War Crimes Tribunal.... Dubya, Tones and Little Johnny... sounds good to me.

Jon Regas
Jon Regas

They are leaving it to you; go for it

Shaun Watson
Shaun Watson

Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship provided headquarters, operating bases, training camps, and other support to terrorist groups fighting the governments of neighboring Turkey and Iran, as well as to hard-line Palestinian groups. During the 1991 Gulf War, Saddam commissioned several failed terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities. Prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the State Department listed Iraq as a state sponsor of terrorism. The question of Iraq’s link to terrorism grew more urgent with Saddam’s suspected determination to develop weapons of mass destruction which Bush administration officials feared he might share with terrorists who could launch devastating attacks against the United States.

mrcallumscott
mrcallumscott

@cornelisdenheyer Regardless the war was still not legal. If you came across a murderer (assuming there was no dead or alive bounty upon their head) and killed them, you have still (in all but a few circumstances) committed a crime by the laws of which ever governing body you are under the jurisdiction of and will thus be prosecuted. 

Realworldnonfantasyland
Realworldnonfantasyland

Sure the hipster dude had a whiney little twang to him as well when he said i'm going to arrest you

Realworldnonfantasyland
Realworldnonfantasyland

@BenjaminNeuells Could be wrong, but the Austrialians look pretty white at the olympics so us  people looking for White Power can go down there

jerry48
jerry48

and how many americans  died in Iraq ?? and  how is Iraq doing these days ??? is mission accomplished in Iraq ???? where are the weapons of mass destruction ???

jerry48
jerry48

"Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship provided headquarters, operating bases, training camps, and other support to terrorist groups fighting the governments of neighboring Turkey and Iran "

the terrorists you're referring to are the Kurds ! and what did BUSH do with the kurds ??? LOL !

you've learnt your propaganda lessons well ! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@jerry48 

You forgot to mention, Jerry, that one of the first things Obama did was enforce the withdrawal of troops from Iraq by the deadline the Iraqis had set under Bush, and that the GOP incessantly pressured Obama to keep troops there.   (Bush argued negotiations could be done to keep troops in Iraq.)

As for Afghanistan, all of the surges there have been at the insistence of the Afghan government, or U.S. commanders, to fight a resurgent Taliban that had taken refuge in neighboring Pakistan.  Bush never stabilized the country in 7 years of fighting and failed to provide adequate firepower to prevent the Taliban insurgents from leaving.

As usual, the GOP and Bush started things they couldn't finish.  Mostly because they were engaged in war profiteering.

Finally, you should also remember that none of it was paid for.  Not Iraq.  Not Afghanistan.  Funding was earmarked for immediate expenses, but never acquired or allocated for potential future issues.  This was partially due to the fact no declarations of war were ever made, which would have allowed war reparations to be made from the loser.  The long-term price tag is estimated to be greater than the current national debt.