Archive for Thursday, June 28, 2001

Elian fears TV cameras, father says

June 28, 2001


— Elian Gonzalez has adjusted well since returning to Cuba, with no ill effects from being pulled from the home of his Miami relatives by armed U.S. government agents, his father told NBC.

The boy's only fear is television cameras, Juan Miguel Gonzalez said.

In the NBC report, shown on the "Today" show Wednesday one day before the first anniversary of Elian's return to Cuba, Elian is shown playing happily with second-grade classmates.

Elian was not interviewed but his father, a waiter at a resort for foreign tourists two hours from Havana, told NBC his son doesn't miss his Miami relatives, who tried to gain custody of the boy after his mother drowned trying to reach Florida on a raft. Elian was taken from the relatives' Miami home in April 2000.

"I feel fine and my family is very happy," Gonzalez said in Spanish. "A year after all these events, life has gone back to normal."

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