Demonstrators gathered in front of the book store, where Blair was set to arrive for his book-signing. They screamed slogans like “blood on his hands" and sent up several projectiles in the air as he got down from his car.
However, Blair was not hit by any of the missiles of public hatred and angst.
As this kind of atmosphere was expected to greet the British leader security was tight at the book-signing. Those who wished to get their copy of the memoir, in which Blair defends his policies during his reign including the 2003 invasion of Iraq, signed needed to surrender their bags and mobile phones.
Earlier in an interview, Blair rubbished claims that invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan had increased Muslim radicalization
Arguing that “the biggest threat in international security is this broader radicalized movement, because I think it is rather similar to revolutionary communism," the ex-prime minister told BBC World Service that even though al-Qaeda-linked extremism was “loosely a global ideological movement, but Iran is a state sponsor of it."