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Uruguay: controversy over new lives of Guantanamo refugees

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 Controversy is flaring in Uruguay over six Guantanamo detainees taken in for resettlement.

   The men were locked up for more than a dozen years at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba before they were sent to Montevideo in December.

   Uruguay's government offered them a residential facility to study Spanish, learn about Uruguayan culture and integrate to their new home.

   But Syrian refugee Abu Wa'el Dhiab says the men have "walked out of a prison to enter another one." In a recent TV interview he expressed thanks to Uruguayans, but said they need a plan for helping the ex-detainees.

   Meanwhile, a labor union helping the men says they've turned down job offers. President Jose Mujica recently visited them and asked them to start working.

   Opposition lawmakers have criticized their resettlement.

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