Elian Gonzalez Joins Cuban Youth Communist Union

June 16, 2008


Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban boy at the center of an international custody battle eight years ago has joined Cuba’s Young Communist Union and never let down ex-President Fidel Castro and his brother Raul Castro, according to the Communist youth newspaper Juventud Rebelde.

Now 14, Elian was 6 when his relatives in Miami lost their fight to keep him in the United States, and he was returned to Cuba in mid-2000 with his father, after surviving a boating accident off the Florida coast that killed his mother while attempting to get to the U.S.

The newspaper reported Sunday that the boy was among 18,000 people who joined the group.

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