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Thursday, 27 January, 2000, 18:36 GMT
Cuba denounces Miami 'lies and humiliation'

Elian's grandmothers: Cuba says they were mistreated Elian's grandmothers: Cuba says they were mistreated


By Tom Gibb in Havana

The Cuban Government has angrily denounced the way in which the meeting between six-year-old Elian Gonzales and his two grandmothers took place in Miami.

The boy has been at the centre of a custody dispute across the Straits of Florida since November, when he was shipwrecked.

His mother drowned trying to reach the United States.

Fidel Castro's government has been putting the official point of view each day about the progress of Elian's grandmothers in the United States in an editorial in Granma, the Communist Party daily newspaper.

These are then repeatedly read out on television and radio.

'Betrayal and humiliation'

The latest editorial says that the loving and heroic grandmothers were subjected to deception, lies, tricks, betrayals and humiliations during the visit with Elian.

First, the article complained, Elian was taken up to the room to meet the grandmothers by his Miami cousin, who it called 'the famous and hysterical, Marisleysis, well known for her diatribes against the true family'.

Fidel Castro: personally directing Elian campaign Fidel Castro: personally directing Elian campaign


Second, the cellphone which they had taken in so that Elian could talk with his father on the island, was taken away from them in mid-conversation by a policeman who entered the room.

The article then describes all the top level contacts that followed between Havana and Washington to try to re-establish the phone link.

Fidel Castro has for the last two months been personally directing, what he calls, the battle for Elian, which is still totally dominating radio and television on the island.

The daily, 'Send back Elian' rallies are continuing throughout.

The Granma article ends with a phrase very typical of the veteran Cuban leader, which says, 'what's been published here is just a synthesis of what's happened, there's still much more to tell.'

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