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Tony Blair Cancels London Book Signing, Reluctant To Dodge More Eggs, Shoes

Irish police clash with protesters outside Eason book store in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday. Peter Morrison/Associated Press hide caption

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After meetings and interviews in Washington, former Prime Minister Tony Blair flew back to Europe, to hawk his memoir, A Journey: My Political Life.

Suffice it to say, the book tour didn't get off to a great start.

"Skirmishes broke out between protesters and police at the first public signing for Tony Blair's memoirs, with shoes and eggs hurled at the former prime minister," The Guardian reports.

Now, Blair has cancelled a London book signing, "amid warnings that he would face a hostile reception from anti-war protesters."

According to the New York Daily News, "Blair said he was doing the public a favor by scrapping tomorrow's scheduled event at a shop in central London."

"I don't want the public to be inconvenienced by the inevitable hassle caused by protesters," Blair said.