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Justin Trottier: Violence at anti-Scientology protest
« on: October 03, 2009, 10:48 »
Justin Trottier: Violence at anti-Scientology protest
Posted: October 03, 2009, 3:00 PM by Matt Gurney
Justin Trottier, Holy Post

By Justin Trottier

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I've often been puzzled by the international and well-attended protests against the Church of Scientology, led by the leaderless internet group known as Anonymous since early 2008. Why target this specific religion? Why engage in protests without public spokespeople? And why wear those silly Guy Fawkes masks?

Now I have an answer, at least to that last question.

On Saturday, September 19, around 12:30pm AST, a small group met for a routine Scientology protest in Halifax in a vacant lot across from the Church of Scientology Mission at 3441 Dutch Village Rd.

As usual, many were wearing suits and had donned their Guy Fawkes masks, made famous by the film V for Vendetta. It was running just like dozens of others had around the world. They were holding banners with slogans like "Scientology is a Cult" and "whoisdavidmiscavige.com." Miscavige is Chairman of the Board of Scientology's Religious Technology Center and the acknowledged international leader of the Church. Critics accuse him of physical and emotional abuse against his staff, and a number of lawsuits filed against the church state this behavior is responsible for fostering an overall abusive environment.

Within ten minutes, protesters were approached by a woman who began making claims that they were there to promote hate and should let others believe what they want. Chris, one of the protesters, remained polite, insisting they were promoting awareness. "This isn't about beliefs," he said. "We are protesting the crimes of this individual," referring to Miscavige.

After making additional comments under her breath and taking photos with a cell phone camera, she resumed what Chris describes as Scientology's "bullbaiting tactics," calling him an idiot, a coward, a f-->
The purpose of those silly masks was brought forcefully home to Chris. Ironically, one of the woman's last comments before these actions was to ask him to remove his mask. This was the second assault to be suffered by a Scientology protester in the last two years, and the first in Canada.

Chris was cut below his right eye and left with a sore neck. The further extent of his injury isn't clear at this time.

The event itself was witnessed by two other protesters who unfortunately have chosen to remain anonymous. A local taxi driver was also at the scene and contacted police. The taxi driver, who claimed Scientology had ruined his family after his wife disconnected from him and their children for refusing to join, could not be tracked down.

A number of individuals emerged from a local pool hall, approached the woman and told her they were shocked by her actions, claiming they proved her to be part of a cult they did not want anything to do with.

Luckily the event itself was caught on tape and several photos were taken of those involved. Police have seized all evidence.

The assailant was witnessed to have also called the police herself, explaining what she had done and that she was waiting for them to arrive. She then called another individual, witnesses hearing her describing her location in front of the Scientology Life Improvement Center and exclaiming she could not believe what she had done.

Police arrested her and charged her with common assault, then released her on her own recognizance.  Her plea date is November 10th, reports Staff Sargeant Sean Auld of the Halifax Regional Police Service. She reported to police that she was not a Scientologist. Her identity can not be released at this time.

The protests are part of Project Chanology, the brainchild of Anonymous. It was sparked by attempts by the Church of Scientology to remove damaging videos from the internet, in particular a famous interview with Tom Cruise, which was part of an internal Scientology recruitment video leaked onto YouTube in early 2008.

Chris, who says he has a great love for the internet and net freedom, was impressed by the notion of an internet community rising up against an oppressive organization. When he learned of the first protests, he quickly got on board. He has attended at least eight protests, including one in the United States.

The protests are about spreading information, explains Chris, who describers himself as a firm believer in the power of the protests, when done effectively, to communicate a message to people directly. He believes they are extremely well received, noting the many supportive honks by passing cars. Until now they have been mostly peaceful. Another protester, James, describes having a very cordial discussion with a Scientologist at a previous event.


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Re: Justin Trottier: Violence at anti-Scientology protest
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2009, 07:11 »
Great article, but.....


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This was the second assault to be suffered by a Scientology protester in the last two years, and the first in Canada.

That part is wrong
1) Michigan I think the had an attack
2) Tonmmy in Ca wass attacked
3) a protester in CA had her though grabbed
4) 44 in Nashville
5) Sparrow and Demos in Clearwater
6) HT in DC

I know there is more.  Anyone remember any others?

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Re: Justin Trottier: Violence at anti-Scientology protest
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2009, 10:35 »
Good point. I believe comments are still open on the article.
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Re: Justin Trottier: Violence at anti-Scientology protest
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2009, 14:16 »
Also, all the past attacks on the original protesters should be included.


Mark bunker attacked with a hammer
Ethercat's house protested
Everyone who protested in CW regularly seems to have been attacked often

anyone else?


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Re: Justin Trottier: Violence at anti-Scientology protest
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2009, 16:20 »
Also, all the past attacks on the original protesters should be included.


Mark bunker attacked with a hammer
Ethercat's house protested
Everyone who protested in CW regularly seems to have been attacked often

anyone else?

You talkin' about comments on an article?  Or a whole book on harassment?  There are LOTS of people who've been attacked in some way. 
http://wiki.whyweprotest.net/Reports_of_assault_against_protesters
http://wiki.whyweprotest.net/List_of_people_picketed_by_Scientology
http://www.solitarytrees.net/pickets/sp0000.htm

And that probably isn't even all of it, especially if you include all the frivolous lawsuits.
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Re: Justin Trottier: Violence at anti-Scientology protest
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2009, 16:25 »
I want to go on record as saying I never meant to leave out the trail blazers.  The article seemed anonymous centered so i focused on it too.  The original group did this in small numbers and withstood it all. 

Both groups owe each other