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La. Protesters Destroy Dixie Chicks CDs

March 17, 2003 GMT

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) _ The Dixie Chicks may have a little more trouble getting a friendly audience in this part of Dixie.

Using a 33,000-pound tractor to obliterate compact disks and other items, a few hundred protesters, referring to themselves as backers of President Bush and Barksdale Air Force Base, lashed back at lead singer Natalie Maines.

Maines reportedly told a London audience last week, in reference to Bush’s push for military action against Iraq, ``Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.″

The protesters Saturday night in Bossier City were largely country music fans, some of them recent fans of the Dixie Chicks.

``Until they made that statement, I was glad to listen to them,″ said Rusty Sullivan, adding that his company has been flooded with requests to strip Dixie Chicks songs from the jukeboxes it operates.

Radio stations nationwide are boycotting the Dixie Chicks, even though Maines publicly apologized for her statement in London.

Maines is a Lubbock, Texas, native.