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Trial Underway Over Elian Gonzalez Raid

The Nation | IN BRIEF / FLORIDA

January 25, 2005|From Times Wire Reports

A trial opened in Miami over a lawsuit by 13 people who say they were injured or traumatized when federal agents seized a screaming Elian Gonzalez from his relatives' home.

The opening witness was neighbor Maria Riera, who testified that she clutched her chest and thought she was dying when an agent doused her with tear gas during the Easter weekend raid in 2000 to reunite the 6-year-old boy with his father in Cuba.

The plaintiffs are seeking up to $250,000 each.

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