If I’m not mistaken, it seems this incident took place on the First Circle in Jabal Amman, where Peta Asia decided to dress a local female activist in a gown made of lettuce leaves. Yeah, not the most interesting concept. The lettuce girl, Amina, held up a sign that read “let vegetarianism grown on you”. She was successful in generating enough onlookers to, well, look, so much so that it caused massive traffic on an already congested street. The police escorted the lettuce girl to the Zahran police station.
In the above video, I found it interesting that upon being interviewed, the director of Peta Asia tells the interviewer that he didn’t know why it got stopped by the police, and that the scene was meant to be fun. It’s interesting because the head of a global NGO operating in Jordan doesn’t seem to be aware that there are laws against public gatherings in the Kingdom, unless previously approved and licensed. I’m not sure the extent to which they had permission to do it, but something tells me that a) they didn’t, and b) it was likely stopped because it resulted in a traffic mess in 35 degree weather.
The director also noted that this idea was thought up by the Jordanian members of the organization. It should be noted that this is an idea that Peta has implemented in the past, but usually with women who are, well, shall we say, not wearing the hijab (or much at all for that matter).
You can see photos of the whole thing here.
Hajjaj has a brilliant caricature on the topic, dubbed “Pedestrian Laws for Rainbow Street”, a comic rundown of what we choose to allow and what we ban: