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Cuba Libre!

4/6/2010 1:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The handsome 16-year-old resurfaced at some communist event in Havana on Easter Sunday, looking indoctrinated.

Elian Gonzalez
On April 22, 2000, Elian was taken from the home of his Miami relatives by U.S. federal agents and eventually returned to Cuba.

In 2008, Elian became a member of the Young Communist Union of Cuba.

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46.

Thunder Thighs    

@ # 12, for your own information he wasn't undocumented, cubans have asylum once they are in the florida coast, they are given a social security number and a "green card". Nobody is bringing America down intead immigrants are the force that drives this nation it has been for centuries!!!

1664 days ago
47.

E...    

Some of the commenters on this site are just ridiculous. Free Healthcare, what???

He's a prisoner of his country...socialistic, communistic countries. That's where we're headed with this disaster of a president if you people don't wake up!!!

1664 days ago
48.

digital_one    

90% of the comments are excellent. The USA is sinking and fast.

1664 days ago
49.

dd    

I agree with #29, It was not right for the mother to take him on this dangerous journey, she was actually kidnapping him. He may be in some government uniform but at least he's not tatted up and wearing gang colors.

1664 days ago
50.

Eoak    

The United States government made the right call. Had they allowed this child to be illegally kept from his father they would has set a precedent which might I remind all you emotionally foggy folks would have been very bad for the recent American father whose child was taken from him by the mother to Portugal. If the US had kept an illegally taken child there would have been very little room for us to argue that a child taken from the USA should be returned.

1664 days ago
51.

T    

Too bad for the poor kid. He could have been taken from his father and forced to live in Little Havana in south Miami. By now he would an experienced car jacker, with ann affinity for rap music and crack cocaine. He would have been in and out of Juvy a half dozen times by now. His hate and resentment boiling over and the hole in his heart and soul from not having a dad would put in to a position to take his thirst for crime to another level. All the while in Florida not having insurance or money and not being able to attend a decent school. Drive By shootings every night, gangs, fights, an entire society hell bent on hatred of Castro and his government, he would have no doubt been turned against his father and uncles...

It's really too bad that he stayed in Havana, got to know his dad. Had a stable life. Attended school. Knew is grandparents, father and uncles. Grew up with healthcare to take care of his braces, his shots and any other health problem he had. No gangs in his neighborhood, no crack or drugs at all. No crime either. No hatred. Communism, sure it is built into the society. He became a member of the young communist society in 2008. I sure he did since every single person who turned 15 becomes a member, it is similar to becoming a 9th grader in the US.

People were so upset when he went back, but people this is where he is from and what he is. Get over yourself. The government and political parties don't make the person, it is the family and those that support each other in the family. He had a family in Cuba, end of story. You don't make him leave that and stay with relatives fighting a political battle. His relatives in Miami used him as a pawn and should have been cited for that.

1664 days ago
52.

Poobahmofo    

It's all Elian's fault for being born in Communist Cuba in the first place! When he was a zygote he should've chosen Capitalism over Communism. Dumb fetus.

1664 days ago
53.

dd    

# 57...Kudos for your post T, it is great!

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54.

Lady Z    

What right does the U.S. have to keep a child away from it's natural father? That the mother would risk her life and her child's life to seek a better life in the U.S. speaks volumes for the oppressive Cuban government, however, the father has the right to raise his child wherever he chooses. Some call the mother's actions "irresponsible". How would you know? What was her life like in Cuba? Did she have electricity? Did she have milk for her child? Did she have to sell heself for soap and deodorant? Apparently, she felt the risk she was taking was worth it to get out of Cuba. Too bad she didn't make it. We take so much for grated here in the U.S. Even our poor people have much more than 90% of the world's population. We feel "poor" here if we don't have a Ferrari and live the life of a thug NBA player. This county has so much to offer and all people do is bash the U.S. Go to Cuba is you don't like it here.

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Andres Bustamante    

I am 100% certain that Elian has had a better life in Cuba than in the crime capital of the world...aka Miami! Had he stayed in Miami I am sure he'd be the typical Miami mojon fraudster drug addict. Face it, Cuba and it's social system beat this capitalistic mess we call the USA. Elian will never go hungry, will never pay taxes, will never have to pay for his education, will never have to pay for health care, will never be homeless--and neither will any Cuban! You can't say any of that for this capitalistic mess we all the United States of America!

Never forget: Socialism takes care of society, of which you are a part. Capitalism takes care of capital, of which I am sure you have very little! Support society, not the rich man's interests!

1664 days ago
56.

Mariah    

Well, we all were outraged over the mom of Sean Goldman (or whatever the kids name was, maybe Sean was the father) for absconding with him to Brazil and keeping him there for 5 years...that is essentially what Elian's mother did. I am rarely on Clinton's side over anything but they did the right thing in sending him back to his dad...minus the brute force they went in with, it was the right thing.

If such an international hooplah hadn't been made this kid would not be living in the relative lap of luxury he is currently in today...so that is something good to come of it. I am sad for anyone living in Cuba, though.

1664 days ago
57.

Thunder Thighs    

Sad he had to go back to Cuba but he had to go back, imagine if we didn't send his little bastard ass back to Cuba. Brazil would of told us to fuck off when that NJ man was trying to get his son back.

As much as we hate that he is back in Cuba and sad that his mom died she did Kidnap him.

1664 days ago
58.

Hexy    

Lots of indoctrinated commenters... and not by Cuba! If communism bothers you so much, tell your gov't to stop coddling China. The Miami relatives were a bunch of histrionic morons who paraded the kid around like a circus freak, after his idiot mother nearly killed him. If reuniting him with the only decent family he had left took precendence over political hypocrisy I have no problem with that.

He seems to have grown into his ears. I wouldn't have recognized him.

1664 days ago
59.

Dean    

He hasn't change a bit... too bad he is not one of us now !

1664 days ago
60.

dd    

By the way the mother wasn't on some heroic mission, she was chasing after her boyfriend!

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