Many people remember the incident back in November of 1999 when 9 year-old Elian Gonzalez was found floating in an inner tube near the coast of Florida. There was much controversy over whether the boy should be sent back to Cuba or stay in Miami with relatives. After much drama, US federal agents returned Elian to Havana.
Throughout the years since the incident, Elian has been kept away from foreign media. However, photos have recently been released that show now 16 year-old Elian at a Young Communist Union Conference in Havana. It is said that whether he like it or not, Elian Gonzalez is still a political symbol.