Crowds rally for hostages in Colombia

BOGOTA -- More than a million Colombians poured onto the streets nationwide and across the globe Sunday in massive rallies demanding the release of hundreds of rebel-held hostages.

Wearing white T-shirts with slogans such as ''Free them now'' or simply the name of a hostage, marchers in Bogotá wound through main avenues, filling plazas and public parks. Television images showed similar scenes in every major Colombian city and thousands of towns. Rallies were also held in several U.S. cities including the Miami area, in Europe and throughout Latin America.

The marches were called after the rescue July 2 of 15 hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), including French Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt, three American defense contractors and 11 members of Colombia's security forces.

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