You’re Barred: Cocktail barman attempts citizen’s arrest on Tony Blair in London

21st Century Wire says…

In these troubled times, a ‘feel good’ story like this is most welcome, especially when it features Tony Blair.

This cocktail barman deserves a Nobel Peace Prize, but only after a round of drinks – on us…

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BARMAN GARCIA: “I had been waiting for the opportunity.”

Twiggy Garcia
(photo, above), a barman at London’s Tramshed Steak House, interrupted the ex-PM Blair during his meal and asked him to come down to the local police station to answer to accusations of international war crimes. The citizen’s arrest was made, but Blair refused to go to the police station. Rather predictably, the highly unpopular spineless politician proceeded to do what he does best – to slither his way out of discussing the issue directly, while pressing the panic button for his private security to come bail him out of a nervous situation. 

It was a bold move by the young barman. Knowing his employer might be in hot water, and that he’d probably be asked to resign, barman Garcia quit his job that night. Impressive, to say the least.

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‘SUITS YOU SIR!’: Blair through the bars, a suitable habitat for the miscreant.

WHY HE’S HATED BY MILLIONS: Tony Blair is the Rothschild’s gopher, but he’s also a known war criminal who has been allowed to roam freely in and out of Europe. What’s clear is that Blair considers himself above the law, and shows no remorse over playing the key role in condemning hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis to death. Many believe that this self-serving money grubber who takes millions from JP Morgan bank, as well as holding down a do-nothing diplomatic position as a “peace envoy” to the Middle East (imagine that), should not be allowed to enjoy a meal in public without being descended upon by vigilant citizens who seek answers for Blair’s intentional deception of the British public in the run-up to the Iraq War in 2002-2003. 

Who knows what other crimes Tony Blair has been involved in over the years – one can only imagine…


BLAIR’S FAVOURITE DINING HAUNT: Tramshed in London features a dead cow encased in glass for wealthy punters to gush over during dinner.

RT.com

What began as an ordinary Friday night for a barman at an upscale London steakhouse ended on a more dramatic note after former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair entered the establishment.

Twiggy Garcia, a barman at London’s trendy Tramshed, apparently thinks about much more than just mixing cocktails. 

Ever since visiting a website devoted to arresting Blair, Garcia said he has “fantasized” about making a citizen’s arrest against the former premier for “crimes against peace” in Iraq. 

“I had been waiting for the opportunity after seeing the website arrestblair.org, and it just so happened we were in the same place at the same time,” Garcia explained to the Independent, a British daily. “I believe Blair is responsible for the mass murder of Iraqi civilians after taking our country into an illegal war.” 

The website offers a reward of 8,500 pounds to anyone who can “arrest” Blair. 

Garcia explained how his “heart rate increased” when he learned of Blair’s “eerie presence” in the restaurant, before he saw his opportunity to arrest the former Labour leader. 

“[Blair] was sitting at the head of a table upstairs with about eight other people eating dinner. I think he was out with his family and a few friends,” Garcia said. “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, 60, who earned the nickname ‘Teflon Tony’ for his uncanny ability to deflect criticism, performed some verbal gymnastics on the bartender as he twisted the discussion to the situation in Syria, where a years-long civil war continues unabated. 

Garcia said Blair “kept changing the subject and talking about Syria” before advising him, “I think you should be more concerned about Syria.” 

I didn’t expect him to start debating with me. I think he actually believed the lies that were coming out of his mouth.” 

At this point, Garcia realized the debate was coming to an end when one of Blair’s sons “went to get the plain-clothes security from downstairs.” 

“I decided to get out of there sharpish… I quit my job there and then,”
 Garcia explained. 

A spokesman for the former PM told the Independent, “There is nothing to report here apart from the 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.” 

Twiggy Garcia is the fifth person to have made an attempt to arrest Tony Blair, who is now serving as a Middle East peace envoy. 

“It will keep people from forgetting he is a war criminal,” the bartender said, explaining his motivation to attempt a citizen’s arrest on the British statesman. “I hope one day he faces his charges in The Hague. People seem to think those laws only apply to Nazis and African warlords.” 

Tony Blair continues to be hounded publicly by activists who say he is to blame for the hundreds of thousands of deaths caused by the war in Iraq, which is still suffering violence today following a nearly nine-year military operation begun by the US military in March 2003. 

Continue this story at RT

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  • Freespirit

    The bartenders mistake was not planning properly. He should have had immediate access to a lawyer who could appear at the restaurant at a moments notice and could speak FOR him, to Blair and prior to that same arrest the police should be asked to appear and to be present for the arrest.

    At all times names of the officers and witnesses should be recorded

    No too many will take a citizen seriously, who is alone, to make the arrest, in spite of COMMON LAW rights to do so.

    The young bartender, albeit, very, courageous, has paid the price of following his youthful exhuberance, instead of planning and being uninformed

    • Eileen Kuch

      Exactly. Bartender Twiggy Garcia had the right idea and acted on it; but, as you said, Freespirit, he failed to plan this citizen arrest and organize it properly; thus, nobody took him seriously, especially Tony Blair.

      To enact a citizens arrest on a former national leader such as the UK’s Tony Blair or the USA’s George W. Bush, lengthy, careful planning/strategy is essential. Add to that, engaging a highly qualified prosecutor, the help of sympathetic Law Enforcement people, and a sympathetic, qualified judge would certainly catch everyone’s attention. This is what Garcia should have done before attempting to arrest Tony Blair.

  • TANNED STEWIE

    Next time he should have some zap straps and actually cuff the bastard. A choke hold would have also been nice.

    • Freespirit

      No, because of the unplanned way he handled it, HE would have been arrested, charged with assault and incarcerated,albeit, wrongly, but the ESTABLISMENT law would have been on Blair’s side, UNFORTUNATELY
      Check my comment above.

  • marinette

    Good for him. :)

  • Bedbugger

    Nice one Twiggy, but psychopaths aren’t phased by the likes of you and me. Feel proud that you stood up for normal human beings.

  • Stepford 88

    There is a saying within the Caribbean and the Diaspera. “LET EACH ONE TEACH ONE” We need to learn from brave hearted Twiggy Garcia and reapply this to citizen arrests. There are numerous offenders whom this applies to, Banksters and Corporation bosses, not to mention government advisers such as Henry Kissenger. We need people like him. I hope that THE CRIME AGENCY recognises Twiggy Garcia’s integrity and heart of lion and employs him to clean up Britain and target the criminals wearing Savile Row suits for a change.

  • Sooriamoorthy

    He should have shot the pig in the face.

    • et Setera

      Or seated Blair under the art installation, then shot the tank so he got soaked in formaldehyde. Would be doing him a favour, really – preserving that permatan, so the old boy looks his best while strutting the world stage

  • Art Howe

    The problem appears to be that our hero was confronted with what must
    have been a chance opportunity. Under those circumstances, and being a
    bartender on duty, there was no reasonable possibility of having
    attorneys or other legal paraphernalia on call to assist. As it is, he
    showed courage and initiative in what must have been a tense
    confrontation. Not only did he put Blair on notice, probably giving him
    indigestion into the bargain, but he also brought to everyones’
    attention that modern war criminals are not immune from arrest and that
    eventually they will be called to account.

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