South Florida Protesters Demand Closing of Guantanamo Bay Prison

Protesters march on U.S. Southern Command in Doral on 10th anniversary of camp opening

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    Julia Bagg/NBCMiami.com
    Protesters don orange jumpsuits to demand the closure of Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

    Protesters assembled in Doral early Wednesday for a planned march to U.S. Southern Command headquarters to demand the closure of Guantanamo Bay prison camps on the 10th anniversary of their opening.

    "I don't consider it Constitutional," said organizer Steven Wetstein, speaking of holding "enemy combatants" indefinitely at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.

    Wetstein and other protesters wore orange jumpsuits and held signs reading "10 Years Of Shame Close Gitmo Now" and "10 Years Is Long Enough."

    171 detainees are currently being held at Guantanamo, with 7 scheduled for trial and 89 eligible for release.

    President Obama ordered the closure of the base in 2009, but Congressional roadblocks slowed the closing while debate continues over Gitmo's existence and its policies.

    "I don't have an easy answer, but steps can be taken," Wetstein said, suggesting they could be tried in civilian courts. "We need to have faith in our criminal justice system."