The Sanchez Solution

Ramon Saul Sanchez is an exile leader with charisma, style, and a strong sense of drama

And then it is time to review.

"Are we prepared to face the final consequences of this fight to protect the civil rights of the Gonzalez boy?" he yells.

" Si!" the people shout.

photos by Ed Gluck
Cuban catharsis: Protesters topple a police barricade and then rush to form a human chain outside Elian's temporary home.  Just for practice
Ed Gluck
Cuban catharsis: Protesters topple a police barricade and then rush to form a human chain outside Elian's temporary home. Just for practice

"Are we prepared to carry out any excessive act against any person?"

"No! No! No!"

Sanchez orchestrates a minute of silence in memory of children who have died in the Straits of Florida, of Elian's mother, and of political prisoners in Cuba. Then he leads a prayer. "We come humbly before you, oh Lord, beside the house of this child, who by a miracle of yours, was liberated at the cost of the life of his mother, his stepfather, and many other people, so that you could give us light and guide us to know what is best for him, to know what is your will, Father, so that you may fill us with determination...."

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