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A Communist named Elian

June 16, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A boy at the center of an international custody battle eight years ago has joined Cuba's Young Communist Union.

Communist youth newspaper Juventud Rebelde quotes Elian Gonzalez, 14, as saying he will never let down former President Fidel Castro and his brother Raul, who succeeded Fidel.

Elian was 6 when Miami relatives lost their fight to keep him in the U.S. and he was returned to Cuba in 2000 with his father. Elian had survived a boating accident off Florida that killed his mother, who was attempting to get to the U.S.

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