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Marisleysis Gonzalez Condemns Federal Agents for RaidAired April 22, 2000 - 1:53 p.m. ET
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GENE RANDALL, CNN ANCHOR: Elian Gonzalez's cousin Marisleysis is condemning federal agents for the way they handled this morning's raid on her family's Miami home.
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MARISLEYSIS GONZALEZ, ELIAN'S COUSIN: ... through here, and they trashed my room, which -- this is Elian's room and my room. They broke the closet door. They broke the closet door, they broke -- they broke Elian's bed. They they...
Then, they came here, they broke the door of my mom's room -- they broke the door of my mom's room. And this is where Donato was with Elian. Donato the fisherman was holding Elian here, and there was on that side Julades (ph), the wife of my cousin with her 5-year- old son, who also had a gun on his head, to his mother, Don't move. And he had a gun.
KERRY SANDERS, POOL REPORTER: Let's have Donato (UNINTELLIGIBLE) at this point, OK?
GONZALEZ: And Elian.
SANDERS: So Donato, you had scooped up Elian during this commotion?
DONATO DALRYMPLE, FISHERMAN: Yes, in the middle of my sleep, I thought I was dreaming, and I heard Elian screaming. I didn't know, and I just ran to him. I don't even know how I got him in my arms. And I grabbed him and I ran into this room.
And Angela was here, which is Marisleysis' mother, and I don't remember the other face, but I remember Alan Diaz (ph) from the Associated Press. And I said, Alan, where can we go? And Alan just didn't know what to say. He said, there's nowhere to go, Donato.
And I -- they closed the door and they put the lock there, which is -- was normal. These people had guns, and we can hear them banging all over the house. And I heard people screaming and screaming. So I (UNINTELLIGIBLE)...
O'BRIEN: You are listening now to Donato Dalrymple, who is the fisherman who on Thanksgiving Day plucked little Elian Gonzalez out of the water, bringing him to safety. DALRYMPLE: ... help me, help me! And -- then in one ear. And then he was looking at Angela, and he was saying, Que pasa, que pasa, que pasa? What's going on? I just held his head like this. My God, America, what did you do to this boy? I mean, I held him, and they came in with guns. Now, I don't say they were put on my brain, but the gun was pointed right to me. Give me the boy, give me the boy! And there was a lady with a blanket, and she took him, she put it over his face.
SANDERS: Did she take him from your arms? Did she pull him from your arms?
DALRYMPLE: No, the soldier -- I call him a soldier, because that's what he was -- he came here in warfare. He took -- he snatched this boy from me. That is not exaggerated or fabricated. They took this boy by force.
SANDERS: This is the final letter in terms of the negotiations, (UNINTELLIGIBLE)...
DALRYMPLE: Yes, and they were making -- they were in the middle of negotiations at 5:00 in the morning when they (UNINTELLIGIBLE)...
GONZALEZ: This is the 5:00 letter in the afternoon.
DALRYMPLE: OK, OK.
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RANDALL: The 21-year-old woman has cared for 6-year-old Elian since he was rescued from the sea last Thanksgiving.
JUDY WOODRUFF, CNN ANCHOR: A recap now of events thus far today in the Elian Gonzalez story: Federal authorities forcibly removed the 6-year-old Cuban boy from the home of his Miami relatives just after 5:00 a.m. Eastern time, today. They took the boy to a local airport. He was examined by a doctor, then he was flown to Andrews Air Force Base just outside Washington, D.C.
In suburban Maryland, the boy was reunited this morning with his Cuban father, Juan Miguel Gonzalez. The boy was seen smiling, his father smiling as well. Although he is now in his father's custody, the boy, because of a federal court order, must remain in the United States pending the outcome of ongoing legal battles.
Meanwhile in Miami, Little Havana has erupted in anger to the seizure of Elian Gonzalez. Protesters have clashed repeatedly with police. They have set fires, and some arrests have been made.
CNN's extensive live continuing coverage of the Elian Gonzalez handover continues. Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, CNN presents a special report, "The Elian Gonzalez Case."
And at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, a special "LARRY KING LIVE."
RANDALL: We'll be back in two minutes, so we will see you then. I'm Gene Randall in Washington.
WOODRUFF: I'm Judy Woodruff.
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