A group of Syrian refugees gather with their belongings in Independence Square in Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
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A group of Syrian refugees welcomed to Uruguay last year protested outside the presidency building on Monday demanding that authorities let them leave the South American country.Uruguay welcomed five families of 42 Syrian refugees fleeing civil war in October 2014 . Two of the families protested, saying local officials promised more than they could deliver. Maher Aldees, the head of one family, says he wants to travel to Syria or Lebanon, and that he and his relatives will continue protesting outside the presidential offices until authorities take them to the airport. Under former President Jose Mujica, Uruguay initially agreed to receive a total of 120 Syrian refugees.
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