Liberals urge Obama to do more on Honduras

A group of liberal lawmakers urged President Obama to do more to reverse the coup in Honduras, such as freezing the assets of those involved, and denying them entry into the United States.

"We are … increasingly concerned by the many reports of flagrant human rights violations that are being committed under the current de facto regime," said a letter to the president, which was signed by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and 16 fellow members of the caucus.

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The letter cites human rights groups that have documented protesters being shot by the military, media outlets that have been shut down and political organizers who have been detained.

"It is this increasingly alarming situation that compels us to urge you to take further action," the letter said.

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was overthrown June 28 by the military. Obama has repeatedly called for Zelaya's return to power, but the president also said Latin American critics calling on him to do more are hypocritical.

At a press conference Monday in Guadalajara, Mexico, with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Obama said that those criticizing the U.S. for not intervening enough are the same people who say, "Yankees, go home."

"You can't have it both ways," Obama said.