Wikinews international report: “Anonymous” holds anti-Scientology protests worldwide

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Internet group ‘Anonymous’ held protests outside Scientology centers in cities around the world on Sunday.
Image: David Shankbone.

Video report from Boston

The Internet group Project Chanology today held protests critical of the Church of Scientology. The protests marked what would have been the 49th birthday of Lisa McPherson, who is claimed to be a victim of the Church of Scientology’s practices. Lisa died in 1995 during a running of what Scientologists refer to as an Introspection Rundown, a procedure intended to help Church members deal with a psychotic or deeply traumatic event.

Protests were planned throughout the day in 14 countries and over 50 different cities. The estimation of total protesters world wide for Feb. 10, 2008 is 9,250 people.

Wikinews had correspondents at a number of protest locations to report on the events. This article was updated throughout the day with reports from around the globe.


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Adelaide, Australia

About 150 anonymous protesters turned out in Adelaide to protest the Church of Scientology. Most wore masks, many also wearing suits or wigs. A on-the-spot-word was created centered around a Scientologist present at the start of the protests. ‘Infiltrator’, AdelRAID also had an Anon attacked by a Scientologist trying to remove an Anon’s mask to take a photo of his face, who had his picture taken before and after the attack by many anons.

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Atlanta, Georgia

200+ members of Anonymous gathered in Atlanta. While riot police were called to the scene as well as the local media, only one incident occurred. A person from the Anonymous crowd tried to enter the church to talk to them but police temporarily detained him. He was later released without charges.

Image: Tim Dorr.

Austin, Texas

Correspondent: Craig Russell

Boston, Massachusetts

Correspondent: TUFKAAP

Video report from Boston

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