Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ten Years Pass In Elian Gonzalez Case

April 22 (UPI) -- Thursday marked 10 years since U.S. agents forcibly took 6-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez from relatives in Miami to reunite him with his father in Cuba.

Not much is known about the life Gonzalez, now 16, lives, though recent photos show him wearing a military school uniform while attending a Young Communist Union gathering, Miami's WFOR-TV reported.

A cousin, Marisleysis Gonzalez, 32, recently told WFOR she was sad to see him wearing the Cuban military garb but not surprised.

"He's not in a free country. He has to do whatever he's told," she said.

The Palm Beach Post reported the part of the house in Miami's Little Havana where Gonzalez, whose mother had died at sea trying to reach the United States from Cuba, was living until U.S. Border Patrol agents barged in at gunpoint has been turned into a museum