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Elian Reunited With Dad After Predawn Grab
April 22,2000
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      Elian Reunited With Dad After Predawn Grab

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      MIAMI (Reuters) - Cuban castaway Elian Gonzalez was reunited with =
his father Saturday after armed U.S. agents staged a stunning predawn =
raid on the home of the 6-year-old boy's Miami relatives, snatching the =
crying boy from a closet.

      The lightning grab of the child at the center of a ferocious =
international custody battle enraged Cuban exiles, who took to the =
streets of Miami, blocked intersections and set fire to trash and tires. =
Miami riot police used tear gas to disperse the protesters.

      Agents battered down the door and charged into the home of Elian's =
relatives, who had defied government orders to give up custody of the =
boy, saying he should not grow up in communist-ruled Cuba.

      They whisked Elian away in a white van, setting off chaos in the =
streets around the house where Cuban American protesters have been =
keeping vigil.

      Elian was flown to Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, where =
he was reunited with his father, Cuban tourism worker Juan Miguel =
Gonzalez, five months after the boy survived a migrant smuggling boat =
disaster in which his mother and 10 others died.

      ``He (Elian) looked very happy and Juan Miguel was crying,'' a =
Justice Department official said when asked to describe the reunion.

      In the dramatic raid to seize Elian, a helmeted agent pointing a =
rifle grabbed the boy from the arms of Donato Dalrymple, one of the =
fishermen who rescued the boy from the Atlantic last November, as the =
two huddled in a closet.

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      Other armed agents held the Miami relatives at bay and pepper =
spray was released outside the home in Miami's Little Havana area, =
choking protesters, witnesses said.

      ``They took this kid like a hostage in the nighttime,'' Dalrymple =
said. ``He (Elian) was shouting, 'Que pasa, Que pasa?' (What's =
happening?), 'Help me, Help me.' They ripped him from my arms. They held =
the family with guns in the living room.''

      ``They're animals,'' a weeping Marisleysis Gonzalez, the boy's =
cousin, shouted to protesters after the raid.

      Clinton Gave Green Light For Raid

      Attorney General Janet Reno said at a Washington news conference =
she tried until the last moment to find a peaceful way to reunite Elian =
and his father but the Miami relatives thwarted her at every turn.

      ``At every step of the way, the Miami relatives kept moving the =
goal posts and raising hurdles,'' Reno said. She defended the force used =
to seize the boy and said the agents involved ''did an excellent job.

      ``When law enforcement goes into a situation like that, it must be =
prepared for the unexpected,'' she said.

      President Clinton was briefed through the night on the Justice =
Department's plans and gave the green light for federal agents to remove =
Elian to return him to his father once it was apparent efforts to =
negotiate a voluntary return had failed.

      ``I supported the decisions that were made...and I believe that it =
was the right thing to do,'' Clinton told reporters at the White House. =
``The law has been upheld.''

      Hours after the raid, hundreds of protesters waving Cuban flags =
lit bonfires of tires and trash at Miami intersections and blocked =
traffic. Miami riot police made several arrests.


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      Miami's Cuban American political leaders condemned the raid but =
appealed for calm.

      ``The hurt is so great, but no matter how hurt we all are, this =
community cannot react with its heart. It has to react with its head,'' =
Miami Mayor Joe Carollo said.

      ``If there is violence...the only winner will be (Cuban President) =
Fidel Castro. because he will have accomplished the ultimate goal that =
he wanted, to create disturbances in Miami.''

      Cubans In Havana Rejoice

      In Havana, Cubans rejoined at news of Elian being reunited with =
his father with cries of ``at last!'' and ``about time!'' The government =
appealed for calm and said the battle for the boy's return was not yet =
over.

      The agents from the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the =
Border Patrol took the boy shortly after 5 a.m. EDT using surprise and =
the cover of darkness to end a long and bitter standoff between his =
Miami relatives and the U.S. government, which has insisted he should be =
reunited with his father.

      Elian has lived in the Little Havana home of his great-uncle =
Lazaro Gonzalez since November when he survived two days adrift, alone, =
on an inner tube in the Atlantic Ocean.

      His rescue touched off a custody fight with Cold War overtones, =
pitting the Florida relatives, backed by hard-line anti-communist Cuban =
exiles, against Elian's father Juan Miguel Gonzalez, who was supported =
by Castro.

      The predawn raid stunned Cuban Americans who had been =
demonstrating for weeks outside the home, vowing they would not allow =
U.S. agents to take the boy. Only about four dozen people were outside =
the house when the agents moved in.

      Witnesses said some protesters tried to form a ``human chain'' to =
prevent the seizure but were rebuffed by pepper spray and armed law =
enforcement officers who kept them behind police barricades. The =
demonstrators threw chairs and other objects at the van carrying Elian =
away and wept in the streets.

      The crowd swelled to several hundred people moments after the boy =
was taken away. Miami police in riot gear cordoned off the neighborhood =
and arrested several protesters as demonstrations erupted at different =
locations.

      ``This is a disgrace,'' onlooker Leo Acosta, 23, said. ``The =
American government is going to look like a joke to the rest of the =
world.''

      Relatives Describe Chaos As Agents Moved In

      The Miami relatives and friends inside the house described a =
chaotic scene as agents broke doors and snatched the boy from =
Dalrymple's arms as the two hid in a closet.

      ``They said, 'Give me the boy or I'm going to shoot. I'm going to =
shoot. Give me the boy. Give me the boy.' I said, 'please, don't let the =
boy see this','' Marisleysis Gonzalez said. ``Janet Reno and everybody =
else, don't say you came here with no violence and that this boy's okay. =
How can this boy be okay when he had a gun to his head?''

      U.S. authorities spent weeks trying to arrange a peaceful transfer =
of Elian from Lazaro Gonzalez to his father but were stopped at every =
turn.

      This week, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled that =
Elian would have to stay in the United States pending the outcome of an =
appeal filed by the Miami relatives against a Miami federal court =
decision backing a U.S. government decision to return the boy to his =
father.

      Late Thursday, President Clinton said the ruling removed the last =
remaining objection to the reunion of father and son. But the Miami =
relatives still insisted the boy would not be handed over without =
conditions.=20


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      Earlier Stories

        a.. Agents Snatch Elian From Miami Relatives (April 22)=20
        b.. Elian Gonzalez Arrives at Andrews Air Force Base (April 22)=20
        c.. U.S. Snatches Elian From Miami Relatives (April 22)=20
        d.. U.S. Snatches Elian for Reunion With Father (April 22)=20
        e.. U.S. Snatches Elian From Relatives in Predawn Swoop (April =
22)=20
        f.. Elian Seized, Flown to Reunion With Father (April 22)=20

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be=20
      prepared for the unexpected,'' she said.
      <P>President Clinton was briefed through the night on the Justice=20
      Department's plans and gave the green light for federal agents to =
remove=20
      Elian to return him to his father once it was apparent efforts to=20
      negotiate a voluntary return had failed.
      <P>``I supported the decisions that were made...and I believe that =
it was=20
      the right thing to do,'' Clinton told reporters at the White =
House. ``The=20
      law has been upheld.''
      <P>Hours after the raid, hundreds of protesters waving Cuban flags =
lit=20
      bonfires of tires and trash at Miami intersections and blocked =
traffic.=20
      Miami riot police made several arrests.
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      Cuban American political leaders condemned the raid but appealed =
for calm.
      <P>``The hurt is so great, but no matter how hurt we all are, this =

      community cannot react with its heart. It has to react with its =
head,''=20
      Miami Mayor Joe Carollo said.
      <P>``If there is violence...the only winner will be (Cuban =
President)=20
      Fidel Castro. because he will have accomplished the ultimate goal =
that he=20
      wanted, to create disturbances in Miami.''
      <P><FONT size=3D+1><B>Cubans In Havana Rejoice</B></FONT>
      <P>In Havana, Cubans rejoined at news of Elian being reunited with =
his=20
      father with cries of ``at last!'' and ``about time!'' The =
government=20
      appealed for calm and said the battle for the boy's return was not =
yet=20
      over.
      <P>The agents from the Immigration and Naturalization Service and =
the=20
      Border Patrol took the boy shortly after 5 a.m. EDT using surprise =
and the=20
      cover of darkness to end a long and bitter standoff between his =
Miami=20
      relatives and the U.S. government, which has insisted he should be =

      reunited with his father.
      <P>Elian has lived in the Little Havana home of his great-uncle =
Lazaro=20
      Gonzalez since November when he survived two days adrift, alone, =
on an=20
      inner tube in the Atlantic Ocean.
      <P>His rescue touched off a custody fight with Cold War overtones, =
pitting=20
      the Florida relatives, backed by hard-line anti-communist Cuban =
exiles,=20
      against Elian's father Juan Miguel Gonzalez, who was supported by =
Castro.
      <P>The predawn raid stunned Cuban Americans who had been =
demonstrating for=20
      weeks outside the home, vowing they would not allow U.S. agents to =
take=20
      the boy. Only about four dozen people were outside the house when =
the=20
      agents moved in.
      <P>Witnesses said some protesters tried to form a ``human chain'' =
to=20
      prevent the seizure but were rebuffed by pepper spray and armed =
law=20
      enforcement officers who kept them behind police barricades. The=20
      demonstrators threw chairs and other objects at the van carrying =
Elian=20
      away and wept in the streets.
      <P>The crowd swelled to several hundred people moments after the =
boy was=20
      taken away. Miami police in riot gear cordoned off the =
neighborhood and=20
      arrested several protesters as demonstrations erupted at different =

      locations.
      <P>``This is a disgrace,'' onlooker Leo Acosta, 23, said. ``The =
American=20
      government is going to look like a joke to the rest of the =
world.''
      <P><FONT size=3D+1><B>Relatives Describe Chaos As Agents Moved =
In</B></FONT>
      <P>The Miami relatives and friends inside the house described a =
chaotic=20
      scene as agents broke doors and snatched the boy from Dalrymple's =
arms as=20
      the two hid in a closet.
      <P>``They said, 'Give me the boy or I'm going to shoot. I'm going =
to=20
      shoot. Give me the boy. Give me the boy.' I said, 'please, don't =
let the=20
      boy see this','' Marisleysis Gonzalez said. ``Janet Reno and =
everybody=20
      else, don't say you came here with no violence and that this boy's =
okay.=20
      How can this boy be okay when he had a gun to his head?''
      <P>U.S. authorities spent weeks trying to arrange a peaceful =
transfer of=20
      Elian from Lazaro Gonzalez to his father but were stopped at every =
turn.
      <P>This week, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled =
that=20
      Elian would have to stay in the United States pending the outcome =
of an=20
      appeal filed by the Miami relatives against a Miami federal court =
decision=20
      backing a U.S. government decision to return the boy to his =
father.
      <P>Late Thursday, President Clinton said the ruling removed the =
last=20
      remaining objection to the reunion of father and son. But the =
Miami=20
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