'Let vegetarianism grow on you'

Amman police arrest activist dressed in lettuce.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 26, 2010 10:49
Jordanian animal rights activist Amina Tarek, right, clothed in lettuce leaves and holding a placard

lettuce lady jordan 58 AP. (photo credit: Associated Press)

AMMAN, Jordan — An animal rights activist caused a stir in Jordan's capital on Sunday, by covering herself in lettuce in a quirky attempt to persuade Middle Eastern meat lovers to go vegetarian.Jordanian animal rights activist Amina Tarek.

Crowds quickly gathered to gawk at the lettuce lady, but police were not amused.

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Officers briefly arrested the Jordanian activist, Amina Tarek, and a colleague from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The pair stood in a square along one of Amman's trendiest streets and held a placard reading "Let vegetarianism grow on you."

Tarek says she wanted Jordanians "to turn over a new leaf."

Police held them for three hours, saying they had not obtained permission for Sunday's protest. The activists say they had approval.


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