Chants of “We are Anonymous!”, signs proclaiming, “Scientology kills!”, black bandannas and V-for-Vendetta masks seem to be the order of the day, though there were a few hockey and politician masks in the mix too …
Half a dozen LAPD cruisers are parked on the opposite side of the street, but everything seems peaceful so far. No sign of an opposing army of blue-clad Scientologists with video cameras, either. (Note – I made a quick pass with a camera while out on errands).
Apparently, other protests are hitting Scientology centers around the world, according to the video press release, which lays out a pretty heavy array of accusations against what it calls a “criminal organization.”
It appears from
the at least one Anonymous project’s wiki, that the movement now has a name:
Project Chanology is a large scale plan to bring down the Church of Scientology in its present form. On January 16, 2008; Anonymous decided to spread the message that Scientology is a dangerous and suppressive organization. We are doing this for the ex-Scientologists dare not speak up in fear of the cult, for the innocent members who are frauded out of their savings and broken down mentally, for those who have lost a relative or friend to the cult and for those who have already lost their lives.
Had to race back here to post this, so I’m not sure what the situation’s like right now.
But you gotta wonder, as some in the “church” are probably doing right now – what would be the reaction of police, pastors or populace if this was taking place in front of a real mosque, synagogue or church this morning?
More coverage of protests in Toronto, Detroit, Boston, etc. via Technorati
Sean’s prepping dozens of photos and a markedly different view of the protest, due here shortly. Stay tuned.
Here’s Sean Bonner’s take, with more photos.