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Welsh militants rally in London

18 November 1998
Welsh militants rally in London

HUNDREDS of militant Welsh farmers descended on London today for a mass rally backed by the Countryside Alliance …more…


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Welsh militants rally in London

18 November 1998
Welsh militants rally in London

By FWi staff

HUNDREDS of militant Welsh farmers descended on London today (Wednesday) for a mass rally backed by the Countryside Alliance.

The demonstration, which had been planned for weeks, was organised by a group of Welsh livestock producers who call themselves Farmers in Crisis.

The protesters gathered at Parliament Square at noon – despite the Governments announcement on Monday of a £120 million emergency aid package for farmers.

Many of the protesters arriving in London early this morning have taken a militant stance in highlighting the current crisis in livestock farming.

The Welsh hill-farmers have blockaded ports and picketed supermarkets to protest at cheap imports of meat which, they claim, are ruining their livelihoods.

A spokesman for the Countryside Alliance said the farmers were drawing attention to the effects of the farming crisis on the wider rural economy.

After the rally, a small breakaway group of protesters travelled to the National Farmers Union, which had refused to back the rally.

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