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Tens of thousands of Colombians march in show of support for peace deal

  • A woman holds a bird during a peace march coined "March For Life" in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 8, 2015. Opposition leaders questioned the legitimacy of the march, saying the government awarded a contract to an NGO founded by Bogota's former Mayor Antanas Mockus to organized it to promote the ongoing peace talks between the government and FARC guerrilla group. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    A woman holds a bird during a peace march coined "March For Life" in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 8, 2015. Opposition leaders questioned the legitimacy of the march, saying the government awarded a contract to an NGO founded by Bogota's former Mayor Antanas Mockus to organized it to promote the ongoing peace talks between the government and FARC guerrilla group. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman shouts: "No more violence, we want peace, life is sacred!" during a march coined "March For Life" in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 8, 2015. Her sign reads in Spanish "We're going to change history."  Opposition leaders questioned the legitimacy of the march, saying the government awarded a contract to an NGO founded by Bogota's former Mayor Antanas Mockus to organized the march as a way to promote the ongoing peace talks between the government and FARC guerrilla group. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    A woman shouts: "No more violence, we want peace, life is sacred!" during a march coined "March For Life" in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 8, 2015. Her sign reads in Spanish "We're going to change history." Opposition leaders questioned the legitimacy of the march, saying the government awarded a contract to an NGO founded by Bogota's former Mayor Antanas Mockus to organized the march as a way to promote the ongoing peace talks between the government and FARC guerrilla group. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

  • People participate in a march coined "March For Life" in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 8, 2015. Opposition leaders questioned the legitimacy of the march, saying the government awarded a contract to an NGO founded by Bogota's former Mayor Antanas Mockus to organized the march as a way to promote the ongoing peace talks between the government and FARC guerrilla group. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    People participate in a march coined "March For Life" in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 8, 2015. Opposition leaders questioned the legitimacy of the march, saying the government awarded a contract to an NGO founded by Bogota's former Mayor Antanas Mockus to organized the march as a way to promote the ongoing peace talks between the government and FARC guerrilla group. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

Tens of thousands of Colombian took to the streets nationwide Sunday to denounce violence and express support for a deal to end the country's half-century conflict.

The "March for Life" was organized by former Bogota Mayor Antanas Mockus and was endorsed by President Juan Manuel Santos, who participated in the mobilization in the capital.

Santos' conservative opponents boycotted the event, saying it didn't live up to its non-partisan billing.

They point to a $200,000 government contract with a foundation led by Mockus to educate Colombians about ongoing peace talks with leftist rebels as evidence that the rally was being promoted by Santos.

The march drew support in cities around the country as well as from Colombians living in Paris, Beijing and other cities around the world.