Why divided Colombia said ‘No’ to peace deal

Colombians say they are sick of their country’s 52-year civil war. So why did a thin majority of voters reject their biggest chance yet for peace?

Forecasts ahead of Sunday’s surprise referendum result misjudged how divided Colombians are over how to settle the conflict with the FARC rebels.

“I voted ‘Yes’ to peace by voting ‘No’ to the accord,” said Carlos Gonzalez, a 19-year-old student.

Here are four things Colombians said ‘No’ to.

Colombian authorities estimate the conflict has left 260,000 people dead, 45,000 missing and nearly seven million displaced.

The accord offered an amnesty for some FARC members, though not for the worst crimes such as massacres, torture and rape.

It offered reduced sentences for some FARC members who confess their crimes.

The FARC apologised to its victims, some of whom met with its members for emotional reconciliations.

But for Monica Gonzalez, 36, the accord was too soft on the FARC, which killed her grandmother in 2011.

“I agree with second chances, but not with impunity,” she said as she celebrated the result in northern Bogota on Sunday night.

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