At the Santa Clara County Administration building in San Jose, California Rep. Norman Y. Mineta, (D-San Jose), told about 100 protesters that Reagan had used "a flimsy pretext" to send the troops to Honduras as a way to drum up patriotic support for his policies.
The protests were sparked by Reagan's decision to send in U.S. forces to Honduras as a show of force after Nicaraguan soldiers crossed the Honduran border earlier this week in pursuit of the Contras, who are fighting the Sandinista government.
Responded to Request
Reagan's move was in response to a request for help from President Jose Azcona Hoyo of Honduras, the White House said.
American troops were told to expect to spend about 10 days in Honduras, but spokesmen said there is no official timetable yet for their return to the United States.