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    Hundreds Of Cuban Emigrants Meet With Fidel Castro DOW JONES NEWSWIRES May 24, 2004 7:47 p.m. HAVANA (AP)--Hundreds of Cuban emigrants, who returned to their
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      Hundreds Of Cuban Emigrants Meet With Fidel Castro
      DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
      May 24, 2004 7:47 p.m.

      HAVANA (AP)--Hundreds of Cuban emigrants, who returned to
      their native land for a conference designed to promote
      reconciliation, have met the man most Cuban exiles love to
      hate - President Fidel Castro.

      Many people attending the conference left Cuba before the
      1959 revolution, which brought Castro to power. Most don't
      share the resentment of exiles who lost their homes and
      after the government moved toward socialism. Some even
      openly praised Castro during the three-day conference that
      began Friday.

      "He looked very well," Cuban-born Pedro Rodriguez, who now
      lives in Miami, said Monday of the 77-year-old Castro. "He
      has tremendous stamina."

      Others, including some former members of the failed U.S.
      backed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961, said too many
      years had passed to continue holding resentments. The
      communist government restored Cuban citizenship to seven
      such former enemy invaders during the gathering.

      Even Rodriguez, who spent years in a Cuban prison after
      launching an armed attack on the government in the early
      1960s, said he no longer harbors rancor for Castro and his
      political system.

      International journalists weren't invited to the Sunday
      night reception at the Palace of the Revolution, where
      Castro regularly entertains visitors.

      Rodriguez said Castro wore a dark suit rather than his
      typical olive green uniform and "was greeting one after the
      other, talking." He said the Cuban leader told them similar
      meetings with emigrants would be held in the future.

      All of the more than 500 participants in Havana were
      invited to the reception. Many at the event now live in the
      U.S. The emigrants here from 49 countries, including Spain
      and parts of Latin America.

      Also among those present was Eloy Gutierrez-Menoyo, a
      former rebel commander who later fell out with Castro's
      government and served more than 20 years in prison for
      plans to violently attack the government.

      After his release, he was exiled to the U.S., where he
      formed an opposition group, Cambio Cubano, which seeks
      dialogue and reconciliation with the communist government.

      Gutierrez-Menoyo has lived in Cuba without government
      permission for nine months, since returning here to stay.
      His migratory status remains undefined.


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