Local Honduran community speaks about coup

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US President Barack Obama has denounced the coup Sunday in Honduras that ousted leftist President Manuel Zelaya from office.

In Los Angeles, Honduran and immigrant rights activists gathered to call on the U.S. government to take stronger action to restore political order.

Suyapa Portillo, a visiting history professor at Pomona College, says plenty of southern Californians care about Honduran politics.

Suyapa Portillo: "Most of this immigrant community here voted for Obama. And if we couldn’t vote we walked for him. We have placed a lot of hopes in his administration and we think he can do the right thing this time in Latin America. So we are hoping he will step up and give a firm statement that this has to happen."

Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Central America. Portillo said military coups in other Latin American countries had U.S. backing or approval, so American diplomats have a special responsibility to take action in this case.