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NZ Greens stand in solidarity with kidnapped Green

22 February 2006

NZ Greens stand in solidarity with kidnapped Green MP

New Zealand Green MPs are planning to "stand alongside" a kidnapped Colombian MP on the steps of Parliament at 9am tomorrow.

Ingrid Betancourt, leader of the Greens in Colombia, was seized by anti-government guerrillas in that country four years ago and remains in captivity. Tomorrow is the anniversary of her kidnapping and is being marked by Green parties as an international day of solidarity for hostages around the world.

"By means of a blank cut-out figure standing with us on the steps, we will mark Ingrid's continuing absence, and the absence of other hostages," Green Party Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Keith Locke says.

"Some of our MPs met Ingrid at the Global Greens conference in Australia in 1991 so we take her continuing imprisonment very personally."


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