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  • Detainees are seen inside the Camp 6 detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba in this May 31, 2009 file photo.

    Detainees are seen inside the Camp 6 detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba in this May 31, 2009 file photo. | Photo: Reuters

At least 56 percent of all U.S. citizens want Guantanamo prison in Cuba to remain open, most of them are Republicans, according to a new poll.

The majority of U.S. citizens are against closing the controversial Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, which has been used for unlawful detention and torture of suspected terrorists, a new CNN poll said Friday.

According to CNN, the poll found that 56 percent of those surveyed oppose shutting the center, while 40 percent support the idea. the poll included 1,001 U.S. adults and was conducted between Feb. 24 and 27.

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The poll found that the majority of those in favor of keeping the facility were Republicans, with 83 percent opposing the closure, up from 76 percent in August.

The news comes less than two weeks after U.S. President Barack Obama sent a proposal to the Republican-controlled Congress for closing Guantanamo. Closing the prison was one of Obama’s presidential campaign promises in 2008.

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The White House's plans hope to transfer 35 of the 91 current prisoners to different countries in the coming months, while the rest would be transfered to the U.S. to face trials or remain detained without charges for being “too dangerous”.

However, Obama’s plans would not include returning the to return the prison’s territory to Cuba, Secretary of State John Kerry said last month, despite demands from the Cuban government for doing so as part of stabilizing relations between Havana and Washington.

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Guantanamo Bay's controversial detention camp was opened in 2002, initially as a site to allegedly hold al-Qaida and Taliban detainees. However, many of those detained had no connection to either group, and the detention camp has been widely condemned internationally by human rights and activist groups.


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