November 18, 2000 |
As a television crew in Miami immersed itself in filming the love story of jazz master Arturo Sandoval's long-burning desire to escape Fidel Castro's government, only a few miles away Cuba's newly famous refugee, Elian Gonzalez, had sparked intense reactions from the city's Cuban exile community.
April 26, 2000 |
More than two dozen taxpaying residents of this country took a day off Tuesday to join a protest of a government action they considered unacceptable. They were passionate and peaceful. Yet they were also major league baseball players. So how dare they? A taxpaying resident of the Los Angeles community spent two hours Saturday walking in front of the Federal Building in Westwood to protest the same government action. He was calm and conscientious.
April 23, 2000 |
Irene Alonso's husband, Ruben, kept the television on all night--just in case. Then, at 5:15 Saturday morning, he shook her awake with horror in his eyes and venom in his veins. "Look! Look what they're doing to that poor little boy!" Alonso shouted as he dragged his wife to the set in their Little Havana home as federal agents launched Operation Reunion live on global TV.
April 23, 2000 |
Elian Gonzalez was reunited with his father Saturday after a SWAT team of federal agents, armed with semiautomatic weapons and firing pepper spray, rushed the home of the Cuban boy's Miami relatives and seized the child near a back bedroom closet. Crying "Help me! Help me!"
April 22, 2000 |
Atty. Gen. Janet Reno told the father of Elian Gonzalez on Friday that she has made no decision on whether to send law enforcement officials into a small Miami home in Little Havana and forcibly take the boy. "I told him that I could not commit to a particular course of action or timetable," she said, a clear signal that she is still grappling with the best method for ending an international impasse.
April 18, 2000 |
The rumor poured out over Radio Mambi last Friday night: Immigration officials were en route to the home of Elian Gonzalez to snatch him away. Never mind that the report turned out to be false. Within half an hour, thousands of Miami's Cuban Americans had surrounded the house--testimony to the central role the 50,000-watt Spanish-language station has played for months in fomenting the standoff over the 6-year-old boy's fate.