Tony Blair Book Party at Tate Modern Postponed Due to Demonstrators


LONDON (REUTERS).- Former British premier Tony Blair has been forced to postponed a party at the Tate Modern art gallery celebrating the launch of his autobiography because of threats from anti-war protesters, his office said on Wednesday. Demonstrators had planned to disrupt the Wednesday evening reception and a group of celebrated artists including Tracey Emin and Vivienne Westwood had called on the gallery to cancel the “disgraceful” event. Blair has also been forced to cancel a signing session for “A Journey” at a bookstore in central London. “It has been postponed for the same reason as the book signing,” a spokesman for Blair said. “We don’t want to put our guests through the unpleasant consequences of the actions of demonstrators.” At the weekend, protestors hurled eggs and shoes at the former prime minister during a promotional event in Dublin. Blair, prime minister for Labour between 1997 and 2007, led Britain into wars