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Monday, February 11, 2008

Wikinews international report: "Anonymous" holds anti-Scientology protests worldwide

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Here is what is most likely to be the most extensive international report on the 2008 Anonymous protests against Scientology. Wikinews was in nearly 15 different countries and over 50 cities throughout the globe to bring you the most extensive, in-depth and opinion free reporting anywhere on the net. We hope you enjoy this article, the reports, video and photos, as much as we enjoyed bringing them to you. Thanks everyone for your hard work and contributions. They are greatly appreciated.


The Internet group Anonymous 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.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Various cities reported the (largely) peaceful demonstration. Kansas City, it was "Locals Harass Scientologists" http://blogs.pitch.com/plog/2008/02/locals_harass_scientologists.php
while "Scientology Protest in Philadelphia Largely Ignored" http://www.phillymag.com/blogs/philly/2008/02/11/scientology-protest-in-philadelphia-largely-/
and Boston's questioned what "anonymous" was protesting. The last has a point, with no spokesperson (or with everyone as a spokesperson) news doesn't get the message. From this poster's view, anonymous has laid one clear message, "the best way to communicate our purpose is to STEAL and edit". Whereas the Church says, "hey, come view the whole video".

David Miscarraige said...

#1, the Philadelphia "Article" is an atrocity to modern journalism. The author didn't even attempt to find out why they were doing it, he didn't even approach the group, and didn't even estimate the amount correctly, undercutting it by a good 100-150.

The Boston daily BLOG was also poorly informed, not caring to do any research at all, and focusing on masks without mentioning that they were doing it to protect their identity, and taking a quote from the Boston Globe out of context.

And if you were not as ignorant as them, you would be able to do a simple google news search and find literally HUNDREDS of news reports on the protests, nearly all of which include the real reasons for the protests, or at least make mention of them.

Your baseless attack on Anonymous suggests that you are a scientologist disinformationist, in which case, I would feel very sorry for you.

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