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With the Internet activist group Anonymous threatening a second round of protests against Scientology this weekend, the Clearwater-based church went to court late Tuesday, filing a petition for a temporary restraining order.
Anonymous, which describes itself as a loosely affiliated group united against the injustices perpetrated by Scientology, coalesced in January after a video of Scientologist Tom Cruise was leaked to YouTube and then promptly removed because of threats from Scientology attorneys
Representatives of Anonymous could not be reached for comment.
CLEARWATER, Fla. — A judge has refused to order members of a loose-knit protest group to stay away from Church of Scientology buildings in Clearwater. The church went to court earlier this week claiming that a group known as Anonymous was responsible for threatening Internet video clips, phone calls and other harassment aimed at the church and its members
There have been, so far today, reports of 'bomb scares' at or near
scientology properties in the USA. These both come on the heels of
Scientology losting it's second attempt to suppress the rights of
others to have a of peaceful protest on the sidewalks of it's
properties in Clearwater.
I cannot imagine anyone being stupid enough to even think it was a
good thing to scre the church with bombs. No One I know or know of
whould do that. I don't know any of the of anonymous people excepot
those by their posts here and I think they are nice people. I do know
that members have stated to each other here and in posts elsewhere
that there will be no unlawful activites, so could it be that CoS is
doing this against itself in last ditch pleas for commradery with the
police or something? Or could it be a few loose cannons pretending to
This favorite Irish holiday confusion was a clever disguise for those wanting to blend in to the sunny, and warm day of city-goers. There was a frenetic, but friendly atmosphere within the Anonymous group. Many of the protesters walked the perimeter making sure the paths and sidewalks were kept clear for passersby, including the elderly and plenty of moms with strollers. The women of Anonymous doing what women do, looking out for the old and young. This really was just a crowd of everyday folks taking part in something they seemed to feel passionate about: opposing the Church of Scientology.
CLEARWATER — While thousands of college kids on spring break enjoyed a gorgeous Saturday on Clearwater Beach, another group of young people descended on the otherwise-deserted downtown wearing surgical masks, fake beards and bandannas.
A group of about 150 people, mostly college-age, spent the sun-splashed day protesting the Church of Scientology outside its spiritual headquarters.