New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Elian smiled as he posed for a picture with his father, and was seen in another photo playing with 6-month-old half-brother Hianny. Elian wore a Batman T-shirt.
“He seemed to be very happy to be back with his father,” said Gregory Craig, Juan Miguel Gonzalez’s lawyer.
There was no independent corroboration of the lawyer’s account of the reunion.
In Havana, an estimated 400,000 people rallied for a government-organized celebration of the boy’s reunion with his father.
After the months-long tug of war and failed all-night negotiations, it took officers only minutes to retrieve the boy from the relatives who cared for him since his rescue — and defied all previous efforts to have him released to his father and returned to Cuba.
I The boy who had so often turned an impish face to the world looked terror-stricken in pictures taken by an Associated Press photographer \yho captured the raid inside the house on film.
“Elian is safe and no one was seriously hurt,” Attorney General Janet Reno said afterward. She said the relatives’ intransigence left her no choice but to order the use of force.
Marisleysis Gonzalez, the 21-year-old cousin who had cared for the boy like a mother, wailed and wept through the morning.
“To have a 6-year-old crying, ‘Don’t take me, don’t take me’ ... This is not America,” she yelled as hundreds of Cuban-Americans poured into the streets to protest.
She and her father, Lazaro Gonzalez, who had temporary custody of Elian, later arrived in Washington to try to see Elian and his father. Donato Dalrymple, the sports fisherman who had rescued Elian on an outing w ith his cousin, was with them. They met with Sen. Bob Smith, R-N.H., who accompanied them in a failed to attempt to meet with the father and son at the air base.
As protests mounted in Miami, police fired tear gas into one crowd, stationed two gray buses with bars on the windows in the center of Little Havana and began handcuffing demonstrators.
The few protesters who put up a struggle were beaten down by police and arrested.
At 5 a.m., more than 20 agents in white vans arrived at the house of Lazaro Gonzalez, the boy’s great-uncle, and used battering rams to get through the home’s chain-1 ink fence and front door.
Maria Elena Quesada, who was at the home, said Elian was screaming “Help me! Help me! Don’t take me away!” in Spanish.
Rushed into a van as officials fired clouds of pepper spray to keep the crowds back, Elian was soothed by an immigration agent who told him he was being taken to “papa.”
On the government plane, where he was described as subdued and calm, he was given Play-Doh, a toy airplane, a map and a watch. He talked to his father by telephone, and was accompanied by a psychiatrist.
Juan Miguel Gonzalez, who had been staying at a Cuban diplomat’s home outside of Washington since he left Havana more than two weeks ago with a personal send-off from Castro, was told about the raid as soon as his son was away from the scene.
The decision to act was made by Reno, President Clinton said during a brief question and answer session in the White House Rose Garden. “She managed this, but I fully support what she did,” he said.
Reno said she tried to reach a negotiated solution until the final moments but the relatives “kept moving the goal post and raising the hurdles.”
The relatives said they were still negotiating and had been put on hold on the telephone by a mediator when the agents arrived.
Reno said the boy would stay in the United States pending further court action over the question of asylum.
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Source: Compiled from AP wire reportsInternational tug of war over Elian
Here are some key events in the custody fight for Elian Gonzalez, the 6-year-old Cuban boy who was rescued off the coast of Florida.
Nov. 25 -
Two passengers come ashore. Elian, found clinging to an inner tube, is rescued at sea and taken to a hospital. His mother is among 11 people who died at sea.
Elian and 13 others leave Cuba for the United States aboard a 16-foot motor boat. The boat capsizes a day later.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service releases Elian to his great-uncle Lazaro Gonzalez until the agency can determine immigration status.
Elian describes in a TV interview how the boat sank.
He says he doesn't believe his mother is dead, doesn’t want to return to Cuba but also doesn’t like Miami.
Lazaro Gonzalez applies for asylum for Elian.
INS commissioner decides Elian “belongs with his father” and must be returned to Cuba by Jan. 14. Attorneys for Florida relatives ask Attorney General Janet Reno to reconsider.
Elian and Lazaro Gonzalez
Lazaro Gonzalez files federal lawsuit to block Elian’s return to Cuba.
Elian’s grandmothers arrive in the United States from Cuba to meet with Reno and, later, Elian.
j- Relatives defy order. They obtain an order from a federal appeals court that keeps Elian in the United States while the fight goes on.
Federal appeals court extends court order until hearing in May.
U.S. District judge dismisses lawsuit.
arrives in Washington.
Reno meets with Elian’s relatives in Miami and orders them to surrender him for flight to Washington and reunion with father.
Juan Miguel Gonzalez asks Americans to urge immediate action. Clinton later says Elian should be reunited with his father.
Federal agents seize Elian from his home in Miami to bring him to his father in Washington.
The INS meets with Juan Miguel Gonzalez at his home in Cardenas,
INS interviews Juan Miguel Gonzalez in Havana.
U.S. lawyers seek dismissal of relatives’ federal lawsuit.
Juan Miguel Gonzalez
L Nov. 27
Juan Miguel Gonzalez, Elian’s father, demands his son’s return to Cuba.
Lazaro Gonzalez files petition for temporary custody in state court.
Reno upholds father’s right to custody Janet Reno 0f Elian.
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