19-yr-old CODEPINK women Lachelle Roddy speaks out at #kerryhearing to stop $ to Israel & speaks out re settlements. She was arrested!!!!
— CODEPINK (@codepink) January 24, 2013
Today, CODEPINK activist Lachelle Roddy interrupted Senator John Kerry’s confirmation hearing for Secretary of State before the Senate Foreign Relations committee. From a Guardian live blog of the hearing:
A protester interrupts Kerry’s statement. She says, “you’re killing people in the Middle East for no reason… I’m tired of my friends in the Middle East dying.”
She is escorted out.
Kerry handles the interruption with aplomb, even grace. He says when he first came before the Senate, testifying before the Fulbright committee about the Vietnam war, “I was testifying as part of a group of people to have their voices heard. That’s what this place is all about.
“I respect the woman and her concerns.”