Thousands march in protest of Colombian president's approach to peace

Thousands of people have been marching in more than 20 Colombian cities to protest President Juan Manuel Santos and his approach to ending the country's half-century guerrilla conflict.

Former President Alvaro Uribe was a leader of Saturday's rain-soaked demonstrations.

Critics of the government are upset at inflation and rising joblessness, and say Santos is making too many concessions to rebels during Havana-based peace talks that began in 2012. A March 23 deadline passed without a final accord.

Santos' popularity has slipped to about 25 percent in recent polls, which also show most Colombians are pessimistic about the possibility of peace.

Uribe took a harder line against the rebels, using U.S. aid to beat them back, though his administration was also accused of links to murderous right-wing paramilitary groups.

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