From the Washington Post:
A spokesman for Colombia’s Green Party says famed former rebel hostage Ingrid Betancourt will seek to represent it in next year’s presidential elections.
Party spokesman Antonio Sanguino said Friday that Betancourt will compete in the party’s March primary.
She will vie against pre-candidates that could include former Bogota Mayor Enrique Penalosa and former M-19 rebel Antonio Navarro Wolf.
The 51-year-old Betancourt spent more than six years as a hostage of FARC rebels before her July 2008 rescue. She had been abducted while running for president. Continue Reading
First of all, we are still in the very early stages of knowing what happened, but it seems that the Colombian military pulled off a legitimate rescue, something Betancourt’s family had asked the Colombian government not to do for fear that Ingrid would be hurt or killed in the rescue attempt. Fortunately in this case it seems that the rescue was so well planned and executed that not only was she not hurt, but no shots at all were fired.
Her children, mother and ex-husband are all expressing joy and gratefulness for her rescue. The president of France has offered asylum for the FARC providing that they renounce violence.
There are videos over at You Tube from across the planet, some in Spanish, some French, some English, detailing how she was rescued.
It’s way past my bedtime, but tonight I know that Ingrid Betancourt is a free woman, and that makes this a very good day indeed.
Now, for the shocking news…she wants to run for President of Colombia again. Despite all she has suffered, she still believes in the Green Party and our planet wide Four Pillars…ecological wisdom, grassroots democracy, social justice, and non-violence…as the key to a future for her children, and ours.
Associated Press article
Another AP piece
According to a report at the BBC, Ingrid Betancourt has been freed from her captivity at the hands of the FARC, a formerly revolutionary movement now fallen into narcotics trafficking. Betancourt was the presidential candidate of El Partido Verde/Oxigeno . Her campaign manager, Clara Rojas, was freed on January 10th of this year.
Ms. Betancourt sent her children to live in New Zealand before her run for President of Colombia because she feared for their safety. More as news becomes available.
This is a great day for Greens across the globe.