BOGOTA – The former mayor of Bogota took apart a rifle on Thursday at a rally urging Colombians to vote “yes” in the weekend referendum on a peace deal with the FARC rebels.
Antanas Mockus, the leader of a movement in favor of the treaty, urged “ordinary Colombians” to hand over any guns they have in their possession.
“Seventy-five percent of violent deaths are caused by firearms,” the one-time Bogota mayor and presidential candidate said.
He expressed confidence ahead of Sunday’s plebiscite on the accord signed this week by President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC Commander Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, alias “Timochenko.”
“We Colombians are not going to make a mistake. We are going to vote reasonably and I hope the greatest possible number (of voters) participate,” Mockus told EFE.
Polls show that anywhere from 54 percent to 62 percent will vote “yes,” while support for the “no” position ranges from 34 percent to 38 percent.
The agreement aims to end 52 years of war between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and a succession of governments.