Monday 27 March 2017

Salad days for Jordanian protester

Jordanian animal rights activist Amina Tarek, right, clothed in lettuce leaves (AP)
Jordanian animal rights activist Amina Tarek, right, clothed in lettuce leaves (AP)

An animal rights activist has caused a stir in Jordan's capital Amman by covering herself in lettuce in a quirky attempt to persuade Middle Eastern meat lovers to go vegetarian.

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

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".

Ms Tarek said 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 said they had approval.

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