Sunday, July 25, 2010

Lettuce Lady Makes Appearance in Jordan Wearing Romaine, Swiss Chard and Arugula

AMMAN, Jordan — An animal rights activist caused a stir in Jordan's capital 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, eating parts of her on their lunch sandwiches. A member of the Jordanian police wanted to make a Caesar salad of the protester's clothing but was prevented by colleagues.

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, turning over some new leaves, and saying the pair had not obtained permission for Sunday's protest. The activists say they had approval.

Whom do you believe, Jordanian thugs or a PETA activist?

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