MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 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.