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Brooklyn woman on Playland melee: 'I started the whole thing'
by Ned P. Rauch
Ola Salem says it was her refusal to take off her head scarf that sparked Tuesday's fracas at Playland Amusement Park.
"I started the whole thing," the 17-year-old Brooklyn resident said today.
Her father and 14 other people were arrested after tempers flared when Salem, a Muslim, was told by a ride attendant she would have to remove her "headgear" — her hijab — if she wanted to get on the ride.
"This has nothing to do with headgear," Salem recalled saying to the ride attendant. "This is my religion."
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