Protest in Colombia against government

BOGOTA: Thousands of Colombians protested in more than 20 cities across the country Saturday against President Juan Manuel Santos and his government’s peace process with the FARC guerrillas.

It comes just days after Bogota launched peace negotiations with the country’s second-biggest guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), setting its sights on a total end to a bloody half-century conflict.

Large crowds refused to be put off by heavy rain in some cities, with many of the demonstrators decked out in the yellow, blue and red of the Colombian flag.

The protests were called by the Democratic Center party of former president Alvaro Uribe, who has voiced consistent opposition to negotiations with the Marxist FARC that appear to be reaching a successful conclusion after more than three years of talks. AFP