The men and women of peace activist group Code Pink are well known in Washington DC for loudly disrupting congressional committee hearings and heckling politicians mid-speech. And that is just fine with the authorities.
Minutes into US Secretary of State John Kerry’s opening statement to the Senate committee about the US campaign of air strikes against Islamic State militants on Wednesday, a woman in pink stood, held up a protest sign and started shouting.
“More invasion will not protect the homeland,” the woman cried out five times, forcing Kerry to pause as the committee chairman banged his gavel.
Kerry, who had earlier acknowledged the activists in the audience and referred to his own 1970s-era protests against the Vietnam War, departed from his prepared remarks.
“There’s no invasion,” he said, as officers with the US Capitol Police force pushed the woman from the room.