Activists, immigrants rights advocates call for US action after Honduras coup

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Activists, immigrant advocates, and central Americans urged the U.S. to take strong action against the Honduran government installed after Sunday's coup.

Immigrants rights advocates, progressive activists, and Central Americans who live in Los Angeles say the United States should do as much as possible to support ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

Molly Peterson: President Barack Obama has said that the U.S. considers Zelaya, not the newly installed Roberto Micheletti, the president of Honduras. Mr. Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton have condemned the coup. Ian Thompson, of the anti-war group Answer L.A., says U.S. leaders have used strong language.

Ian Thompson: But yet they’ve attached no sort of repercussions or any threats at all, and I think that to talk about democracy and to talk about the rule of law and elections, then they really have to go to every international body, and do what they can diplomatically to restore the elected president.

Peterson: During a news conference near the time capsule in MacArthur Park, Thompson and other activists called attention to other Latin American coups the United States had backed or approved. They said they’re lobbying Washington to set a different course in Honduras.

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