Elin Gonzlez praises Fidel Castro 17 years after infamous custody battle
Man who was centre of custody battle with US waged by Castro in 1999 says leaders legacy will long outlive him
Elin Gonzlez, who was at the centre of an international custody battle waged by Fidel Castro nearly two decades ago, returned to the public eye on Sunday to praise the leader who fought to return him to Cuba.
Echoing the round-the-clock adulation on state media, Gonzlez said on government-run television that the Cuban leaders legacy would long outlive him. Its not right to talk about Fidel in the past tense … but rather that Fidel will be, Gonzlez said. Today more than ever, make him omnipresent.
Gonzlez was five in 1999 when he, his mother and others attempted a sea crossing between Cuba and the US. His mother died on the voyage but he survived and was taken to Florida. A bitter dispute broke out between his relatives in the US, who wanted him to stay there, and his father back home.