Former FARC hostage Ingrid Betancourt returned to Colombia yesterday to kick off a tour aimed at getting the rebels to disarm, AFP reports. "I am so very happy to be here," said Betancourt, who has received death threats from FARC and will keep her Colombia visit brief. She met with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and is slated to meet Brazil's president on Friday.
Her trip comes on the heels of international protests against the rebels. Some Colombians, disappointed by Betancourt's quick departure to France after army commandos rescued her, are upset by her return. “We feel deeply for her six years of captivity, but she's using the issue as a political platform,” said the founder of an anti-FARC group.
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