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SOLIDARITY WITH COLOMBIANS

Hundreds gathered at Al Lopez Park in Tampa on Monday to participate in a march coordinated in cities worldwide to protest against a Colombian guerrilla group, FARC. Miami was also among the dozens of cities where people marched against the organization, which is holding hostage three American defense contractors, all with family ties to Florida. The U.S. government says it will not negotiate with the leftist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which it considers a terrorist organization. Recently, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been involved with negotiations to release hostages. The idea of the protests was born less than a month ago on the social networking Web site Facebook. Police estimated 4.8-million people turned out across Colombia, where the government says FARC is holding more than 700 hostages. Story, Page 4B

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