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In pictures: Global march for peace

Ingrid Betancourt delivers a speech in Paris among portraits of hostages

The recently freed French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt has urged Colombia's Farc rebels to release all hostages, on a day of worldwide protests calling for an end to kidnappings and for peace.

Ingrid Betancourt delivers a speech at a rally in Paris

Ms Betancourt was rescued by the Colombian military earlier this month after six years in captivity. At a rally in Paris, she told the Farc rebels: "The time has come to exchange those rifles for roses."

Crowds of supporters cheer Ingrid Betancourt at a rally in Paris

Her words were met with cheers from crowds of supporters waving the Colombian flag. Her speech was also aired in Colombia.

Demonstrators march in Bogota during a protest against kidnappings

In Colombia, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets, calling for an end to the abductions that have plagued the country during its 44-year civil war.

A demonstrator in Bogota in chains and a blindfold

Protesters wore white T-shirts - the colour of peace - and chanted "No more kidnappings!" and "Freedom, Freedom!". Some carried photographs of missing relatives.

Colombian pop star Shakira sings the Colombian national anthem during the Independence Day celebrations in Leticia

The marches were held on Colombia's independence day. Pop star Shakira sang the national anthem at a military parade presided over by President Alvaro Uribe and visiting dignitaries.

Girl at Bogota rally, picture by Carl Edlund Anderson

The Farc has taken more than 20,000 people hostage over the past 10 years, but marchers hoped that peace could be achieved.




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