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Colombians march to support peace deal with FARC

Colombians march to support peace deal with FARCThousands of Colombians have taken part in marches to demand that a peace deal signed by the government and FARC rebels be upheld, BBC reported on Thursday.

In the capital, Bogota, families of victims were given white flowers by well-wishers to symbolise peace.

In a show of support for the agreement, thousands of students, farmers and indigenous leaders congregated in front of congress in Bogota.

"All Colombians must work on building peace. We must strive for a better future and forgiveness is the best example we can give," said Carmenza Pinto, 64, who was displaced by the war.

The agreement, reached after years of negotiation, was rejected by a slim majority in a national referendum earlier this month.

It was the second time in a week that protesters came out to support the deal. The protest in support of peace came the same day as those opposed to the peace deal led by hard-line senator and former president Alvaro Uribe presented the government with a list of proposals to amend the accord.

FARC leader Timoleon Rodriguez, better known as Timochenko, said on Wednesday he was confident the deal could be revived although he said he would be reluctant to re-negotiate some elements of the accord.

"This is a conflict that has gone on for many years and opened deep wounds. We must join forces and together apply healing balm to the wounds. We will have good news soon," he told Caracol Radio.
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