Ex-Guantanamo detainees maintain protest in Uruguay, demand housing, financial support from US

Four former Guantanamo Bay prisoners protested for a third day Sunday in front of the U.S. Embassy in Uruguay, saying Washington should provide them with housing and financial support because of their prolonged incarceration.

The four — a Tunisian and three Syrian men — began their protest on Friday and say they will stay in front of the embassy in Montevideo until they meet with the U.S. ambassador.

As a humanitarian gesture, Uruguay's government took in the four and two other men in December after U.S. authorities freed them from Guantanamo. They had spent 12 years at the U.S. military prison for suspected al-Qaida ties, but U.S. officials decided they were no longer a threat and let them go.

In a statement Sunday on the men's website, they said they are demanding support from the U.S government because Uruguay is a poor country that has offered them a home and backing. The men get $600 (15,000 pesos) a month from Uruguay's government which also provides a house for the six to share.

"They can't leave their errors to other people, they should help us with houses and financial support," the men said in the statement, referring to the U.S. government "We think that it is the least they could do" given what they called their unjust detention at Guantanamo.

The men began their protest after the embassy closed for the weekend, and U.S. officials released a statement saying people who want interviews with the ambassador must ask during normal business hours.