Protesters opposed to a major, multi-national trade deal being negotiated in secret by a dozen countries – including the United States – hijacked a US Senate hearing early Tuesday to speak out against the proposal.
Capitol Police removed no fewer than three demonstrators Tuesday morning during testimony delivered before the Senate Committee on Finance by US Trade Representative Michael Froman concerning the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.
Froman had just begun making his opening statements when a protester in the Senate gallery got out of her seat and interrupted the ambassador.
“You are not telling the American people the truth,” said the woman.
“We know that the TPP has been negotiated in secret for five years. You’re trying to rush it through Congress and fast track it because its secret and you know that the things in there are going to hurt the American people,” she said.
As the woman was escorted out of the room, other demonstrators began displaying signs, including lawyer and activist Kevin Zeese.