Sunday, September 26, 1999 Published at 15:20 GMT 16:20 UK
Protests greet Labour in Bournemouth
GM protest have followed the prime minister to Bournemouth
The first of a series of high-profile demonstrations has taken place at the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth.
Demonstrators sought to make their point by donning a range of elaborate costumes. Many dressed as pantomime cows, while one wore a costume depicting a fish crossed with a tomato.
The demonstrators demanded the removal of GM crops from animal feed.
A heavy police presence surrounded the marchers, but the event passed off peacefully.
The protesters handed in a petition to the Labour Party, which they said bored the signatures of more than 15,000 people opposed to GM foods.
Ray Foulk of the GMO campaign in Oxford said earlier: "Human immunity to antibiotics is already occurring due to a build-up through their use in livestock as a growth agent.
"Fears are that GM animal feed will compound this existing problem, bringing forward the day when antibiotic medicines no longer work as treatments for human diseases."
Larger protests planned
Up to 10,000 farmers are expected to join a demonstration to demand action on the state of the UK's agriculture industry on Monday.
The next day, the Countryside Alliance is promising to bring out 16,000 protesters opposed to the government's stated intention of banning fox hunting.
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