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Former Guantánamo detainees quit protest at U.S. Embassy in Uruguay

Former Guantánamo detainee Ali Husain Shaaban of Syria, right, and Adel bin Muhammad el Ouerghi of Tunisia at prayer on May 5, 2015 during their protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Former Guantánamo detainee Ali Husain Shaaban of Syria, right, and Adel bin Muhammad el Ouerghi of Tunisia at prayer on May 5, 2015 during their protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Former Guantánamo Bay detainees who were resettled in Uruguay have ended their protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo.

Four of the six men had been camping in front of the embassy for several weeks to demand that America help them. U.S. officials have said they have no obligation to compensate the men because they were lawfully detained during war in Afghanistan.

In the end, the men signed an agreement with the Uruguayan government that would give them housing and their $600 stipend for two years.

In the words of Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi, a former detainee from Tunisia, “I’m very happy. We were in a bad situation and now it will be better.”

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