Tuesday, September 28, 1999 Published at 11:06 GMT 12:06 UK
Hunt demo condemns Blair
Thousands joined the rally to march on Labour's conference
Fox hunting supporters have taken an angry protest against the proposed ban on the sport to the Labour Party conference.
A small number of anti-hunt protesters and hundreds of police lined the route as they made their way passed the conference centre in Bournemouth, chanting "Listen to us" and "Where's Blair".
'Slobodan Blair' targeted
Addressing a crowd clad in green jackets and bearing placards with the words "Slobodan Blair", he said: "I'm worried about cultural cleansing in the countryside."
George Bowyer, who wrote the Guardian of the Land single released around the time of the first Countryside Alliance march in London, was next to speak.
"We did it in Hyde Park and we've done it again today," he said. Looking skywards, he continued: "The sun always shines on the righteous."
He promised the prime minister fox hunters would always remember what they regarded as a betrayal by the government.
"We will not forget and we will never forgive," he said.
Blair promised hunt ban
The protesters are angry because Mr Blair has promised a vote on ending hunting with hounds, a Labour manifesto commitment, within the next two parliamentary sessions.
The demonstration follows Monday's rally by farmers, angry at the crisis suffered by the agriculture industry and rural communities.
Last week, the prime minister said the hunting lobby had sought to muddy the waters by painting Labour as an "anti-countryside" party.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, he wrote: "The truth is the Countryside Alliance is an organisation created primarily to defend hunting with hounds.
"That's fine. But their priorities should not be confused with the real priorities of those who live in rural areas."
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