Cuban revolutionary's grandson seeking asylum in U.S.
BY WILFREDO CANCIO ISLA
El Nuevo Herald
Yotuhel Montané, the 28-year-old grandson of a Cuban revolutionary
Thursday he is seeking political asylum in the United States.
Montané, who arrived in Miami from Puerto Rico last month,
made the statement
on the WQBA-AM (1140) radio program hosted by Ninoska Pérez Castellón,
spokeswoman for the Cuban American National Foundation.
``I broke with all that because I wanted to live in freedom,''
Montané said, referring
to his life in Cuba. ``None of the perks I had because I was a member of my
grandfather's family are worth more than the freedom I enjoy now.''
Montané's grandfather is the late Jesús Montané
Oropesa, a close friend of Fidel
Castro since the early days of the revolution. Known as ``Chuchú,'' Jesús
Montané was a co-founder of the 26 of July Movement and sailed with Castro and
other rebels from Mexico to Cuba in 1956 aboard the yacht Granma.
The Sierra Maestra guerrilla campaign in Cuba's highlands began
Jesús Montané's son, Sergio, a member of Cuba's
diplomatic corps, defected in
1994. Now 51, he lives in Miami.
Yotuhel Montané said he worked in Havana as a disc jockey.
In 1995, he left the
island legally, he said, and traveled through Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Haiti
and the Dominican Republic, looking for a way to join his father in the United
In Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, where he lived for
the past two
years, he set up a nautical goods store as a cover for the use of a boat that would
bring him to South Florida, he said. Two such efforts failed.
But on Jan. 4, he sailed the boat to Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, and
flew from there
to Miami, aided by relatives.
As the descendant of a revolutionary figure, he enjoyed many privileges
homeland, he said, such as vacations in restricted spas in Varadero and access
to exclusive medical facilities.
But Montané was disenchanted by what he saw as hypocrisy
on the part of the
``None of them live like the rest of the people,'' he said. ``They
live in nice houses,
drive fine cars and their refrigerators are full of food.
``They drill it into your head that you're part of a revolution,
but you finally realize
that the revolution doesn't exist,'' he said.