Wednesday, March 29, 2023

“Rafter” Elian Gonzalez is a candidate for deputy in Cuba

At 29 years old and the current director of a public company, González is one of 470 applicants to hold a position in Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power, a privilege he has been receiving from, among others, President Miguel Díaz-Canel. Will share with and former President Raul Castro.

The official newspaper Granma released today the full list of candidates for the elections to be held on March 26.

González comes from the municipality of Cárdenas, 135 kilometers from Havana, and is considered one of the applicants representing Cuba’s youth.

The candidates were proposed by the representatives of each municipality the previous weekend and voters can confirm or reject them.

In 1999, on Thanksgiving Day, 5-year-old Eliane was rescued by fishermen from an unsinkable boat in which his mother and 10 other people had drowned while trying to reach shore. Southeastern United States.

Then began a bitter legal dispute over her custody, faced by her cousin Mariscelis González in Miami and her father Juan Miguel González in Havana.

Large mobilizations to demand their return to the island led in 2000 to the construction of the Anti-Imperialist Tribune, an iconic esplanade in front of the United States Embassy in Havana.

After the court ruled in favor of the father, the US Department of Justice conducted a lightning operation to rescue the child, return him to his father, and return him to Cuba on June 28, 2000.

As his family in Miami refused to hand him over, there was a night raid by immigration to place the child in the father’s care, which later gave way to riots and protests by the Cuban-American community in Florida.

By then, the conflict in Cuba had already become a national issue and historic leader Fidel Castro, who died in 2016, emerged as the victor of the conflict with Washington.

Since his return, Illien has usually been present at major events of the Revolution, but in 2017 he told CNN that he wanted to reunite with his family in Miami.

«We are separated by the sea, by the blockade, by the laws; We don’t need to be apart as a family,” he had said then.

A year later, González, an industrial engineer and member of the Communist Party, received congratulations from President Díaz-Canel on his birthday.


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