Scientology protest drama

The Sun, UK/February 11, 2008

Protestors turned out in force yesterday to demonstrate at the Church of Scientology's headquarters in London.

The demonstration - by a group of web users working under the name 'Anonymous' - was one of many which have been taking place across Europe, America and Australia.

The Church of Scientology slammed the protests, quoted as saying: "Anonymous is perpetrating religious hate crimes against Churches of Scientology and individual Scientologists for no reason other than religious bigotry.

"It is Anonymous that has repeatedly attempted to suppress free speech through illegal assaults on church websites so as to prevent internet users from obtaining information."

'Anonymous' - which declared "war" on the organisation last month - claim to have staged demonstrations in almost 100 cities over the last 24 hours.

The London protest was just one of many across the world.

In Sydney, 150 people staged a protest outside the Church of Scientology yesterday, many wearing masks or costumes.

Anonymous earlier this month posted a message on video sharing website YouTube, naming February 10 as a worldwide day of protest.

The date was picked to mark the birthday of Lisa McPherson, an American scientologist who died in 1995 while under the organisation's care.

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