Liverpool star Luis Diaz's mother appears for the first time since her kidnapping ordeal to lead hundreds on a march in Colombia demanding the safe release of his still-missing father

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Hundreds of group took to nan streets of Barrancas connected Tuesday evening to request nan safe merchandise of Luis Manuel Diaz, nan begetter of Liverpool prima Luis Diaz, aft he and his woman were kidnapped connected Saturday. 

Diaz's parents were snatched disconnected nan streets of their hometown successful La Guajira region successful Colombia by 4 equipped men connected motorcycles whilst buying watermelons astatine a state station. 

Whilst Diaz's mother Cilenis Marulanda was freed later that night, Diaz Snr remains a hostage, pinch Colombia's constabulary and subject forces working together successful a bid to bring him location safely. 


Army comandos person been sent to defender nan separator and forestall Diaz's begetter from being taken into neighbouring Venezuela, but location is simply a chance that he whitethorn person already been transported done nan dense jungle that separates nan 2 nations.  

The march was organised for Tuesday, pinch Diaz breaking his silence connected societal media to stock nan specifications of nan gathering that would spot demonstrators 'bring candles to ray nan ray of hope' whilst urging Diaz Snr's captors to 'free him now'. 

Luis Diaz's mother Cilenis Marulanda (centre) led a organization march demanding nan merchandise of her husband, Luis Manuel Diaz, connected Tuesday

Hundreds of members of nan section organization joined forces dressed successful achromatic holding balloons

Diaz's grandfather Alfonso was coming astatine nan sit-in and held a lighted candle successful dream aft calling for his son's safe return

The subordinate himself was not capable to return portion successful nan proceedings, having been advised against returning to his location country owed to concerns complete his individual security. 

Reports successful Colombia propose that nan Diaz family had been warned astir imaginable threats up of nan weekend's kidnapping. 

Leading nan marchers was Marulanda, 1 of galore wearing a achromatic t-shirt pinch her husband's look printed connected it. 

Those gathered carried achromatic balloons and lighted candles arsenic nighttime fell. They besides carried banners, emblazoned pinch pleas to his captors. 

One read: 'The Campuzano family marches for nan state of Mane (Luis Manuel Diaz)'. 

Many connected nan march - if not wearing achromatic - sported Diaz's jerseys from erstwhile clubs aliases nan nationalist team

Signs emblazoned pinch calls for Diaz Snr's safe merchandise were displayed arsenic nan municipality of Barrancas rallied together

Also successful attendance was Diaz's uncle Gabriel, wearing 1 of nan galore t-shirts displaying his father's look and calling for his freedom

Maulanda (left) was besides kidnapped connected Saturday but was released successful nan early hours of Sunday

Another rallied against 'kidnappings' whilst besides demanding Diaz Snr's freedom. 

Among nan crowd were Alfonso Diaz, nan Liverpool star's paternal grandfather, and his uncle, Gabriel, pinch nan organization later taking portion successful a sit-in astatine nan extremity of nan demonstration. 

A reward of 200 cardinal Colombian pesos (£40,000) is being offered for accusation connected nan imaginable whereabouts of Diaz Snr, and hunt strategies by nan Colombian service person been robust. 

As elaborate successful an update connected nan search, they person utilized 'two motorised platoons, unmanned aircraft, checkpoints, helicopters, a level pinch specialised radar, and much than 120' arsenic they proceed their investigation. 

On Tuesday, Colombia's Ombudsman Carlos Camargo Assis - whose agency successful nan past has helped mediate pinch kidnappers to guarantee nan safe return of hostages - called connected nan equipped group to make interaction pinch nan authorities. 

Diaz's mother trim an anguished fig connected nan march arsenic nan hunt for her hubby continued

As nighttime fell, nan crowd lighted candles arsenic they stood successful solidarity against nan kidnapppings

Diaz was incapable to be nan march himself owed to concerns complete his ain individual safety

'From nan Ombudsman's Office we reiterate nan telephone to nan captors of nan begetter of our beloved shot subordinate "Lucho" Diaz to respect his integrity and life. We besides inquire you to interaction our location defender teams to find a way that allows for his punctual release, safe and sound,' Assis said successful a statement. 

'Releasing (him) are nan gestures of bid that each Colombians request and dream for.'

Diaz did not characteristic successful Liverpool's Sunday match-up pinch Nottingham Forest connected compassionate grounds, and has received sustained support from nan broadside and their coaching staff. 

Assistant coach Pep Lijnders said that nan nine 'really cared about' nan subordinate and that 'the full nine is down him'. 

After nan last whistle connected Sunday, Jurgen Klopp shared that nan preparations for nan 3-0 triumph were nan astir difficult of his career. 

A reward of astir £40,000 has been offered for accusation astir nan kidnapping

Diaz has received a wellspring of world support arsenic nan constabulary and service enactment successful nan hunt 

Colombia's nationalist constabulary director General William Salamanca joined nan hunt connected Monday

Unable to return portion successful Liverpool's necktie against Nottingham Forest, Diogo Jota dedicated his extremity to his team-mate during their 3-0 victory 

'The mentation was nan astir difficult I ever had successful my life. Didn't expect it, was not prepared for it. I don't want to make nan crippled bigger than it was but it was,' Klopp said.

'Most decidedly we effort to thief Lucho pinch nan conflict we put successful because evidently we want to help. We cannot really thief truthful nan only point we tin really do is conflict for him and that's what nan boys did.'

His team-mate Diogo Jota dedicated his extremity to Diaz by lifting his No 7 garment aloft successful celebration. 

Diaz wears nan aforesaid number astatine his erstwhile nine Porto, pinch immoderate members of nan march turning up dressed successful his jerseys. 

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