Rove heckled off stage at book signing

March 30, 2010 at 11:33 PM

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., March 30 (UPI) -- Antiwar protesters in Beverly Hills, Calif., forced an abrupt end to a book signing by Karl Rove, the former aide to U.S. President George W. Bush.

Some protesters shouted "war criminal" as Rove spoke, and Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans walked toward him with handcuffs, saying she was making a citizen's arrest, a CBS News video showed.

About 10 people protested, among 100 on hand at the Saban Theater Monday as Rove spoke about his new book, "Courage and Consequences: My Life As a Conservative In The Fight," the Los Angeles Times reported.

"Get the heck out of here," Rove told one protester, then referred to him as a "lunatic."

Before being heckled off the stage, Rove said: "With all due respect, this goes to show the totalitarianism of the left. They don't believe in dialogue, they don't believe in the First Amendment."

Rove was unable to sign any audience members' books, the Times said.

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