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Tuesday, 7 December, 1999, 04:30 GMT
In pictures: Shipwreck boy sparks protests


Thousands of Cubans demonstrate outside the US mission in Havana to demand the return of six-year-old Elian Gonzalez. He was shipwrecked last month as he and other migrants sailed for the US. His mother and stepfather were among those drowned.

Demonstrators march down Malecon Avenue in Havana

Protesters waved banners and chanted anti-American slogans.

President Fidel Castro

An angry President Fidel Castro accused the US of kidnapping the boy and demanded his return.

Classmates of Elian Gonzalez hold posters asking for his return

Classmates were among those asking for Elian's return, during birthday celebrations for him at his school, at which President Castro made a surprise appearance.

Elian Gonzalez celebrates his sixth birthday

Elian - who has been staying with family in Miami - turned six on Monday.

Elian Gonzalez swings his birthday baseball bat

His Florida relatives have showered him with gifts and say Elian is better off with them.

Juan Miguel Gonzalez, second from right, Elian's father

But Elian's father, Juan Miguel Gonzalez, second from right, wants him to return home, saying the boy was kidnapped by his mother.

Elian's grandparents show pictures of him

Elian's tearful grandparents show photos of him after singing happy birthday down the phone.

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05 Dec 99 |  Americas
Castro warns US over shipwreck boy
29 Nov 99 |  Americas
Cuban shipwreck boy in tug-of-love
27 Nov 99 |  Americas
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