To denounce deforestation, Peruvian actor marries tree

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Santo Domingo, Aug 20 (IANS) Peruvian actor Richard Torres has “married” a tree in the Dominican Republic capital to draw attention to the indiscriminate felling of forests.

In the curious ceremony on Sunday in the Ciudad Colonial neighbourhood here Torres placed a ring on the tree and told a person who acted as a judge that he accepted the marriage.

“We have come to Santo Domingo to perform our wedding number 17 and we will not stop until we establish a new Guinness record, with 100 ceremonies like this,” the actor told EFE.

The small ritual attracted dozens of people in the Columbus Park, a few meters away from the Cathedral of Santo Domingo.

Torres was assisted by a couple of Dominican actors, who served as best man and bridesmaid of the wedding.

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Although admitting that the project is very expensive, the actor said he will continue with his plan to make at least five weddings a year in different countries and cities.

Before Santo Domingo, Torres wedded to a tree in his native Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Guatemala, Cuba and Bolivia, among other countries.

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