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Protest!

Clearwater picket report Dec 2, 2001
02 Dec 2001
Mike Krotz <M_K@fornikulture.com>

Today I and two others picketed/protested $cientology in Clearwater. It was an excellent opportunity to inform a large crowd of younger concert goers, as there was an all-day rock concert in downtown's Coachman Park.

Hundreds of music fans of all ages and hairstyles mobbed the downtown area across from $cientology's Sandcastle and near their Osceola buildings.

We mainly stood near the Osceola Street entrance to the park, after a brief stand near the Ft. Harrison. About 300 fliers were distributed, we used Kristi's "$cientology Hurts People" backed with "What Judges Say," and most reactions were very appreciative and enthusiastic at our being there. The cult had a small canopy and a table in front of the Osceola fountain, with a table full of Hubbard books and a few of them were handing out free personality tests! I tried to give people who were given one of those a flier, to properly balance things out. I noticed many of the personality test fliers ended up on the ground near the concert entrance, yet only a few of our fliers seemed to get tossed.

We were there from about 11:30 a.m. til about 1:45 p.m., and for the majority of the time we were under surveillance by the khaki-clad OSA security dudes. Paul Kellerhals was spotted early on, and the security guys mostly stayed near the police that were handling traffic and crowd control for the concert. One seemed particularly interested in taping me this time.

At past pickets, I would only videotape. But $cientology harassment has pulled in a more direct approach, which was the distribution of the flers. I also wore my shirt with Lisa McPherson's autopsy report on one side, and Stacy Myer's death certificate on the other, with letters in red "Blood on Scientology's Hands."

One guy was standing near us a while as he waited for his son to arrive at the concert. We talked, and he seemed fairly well informed about $cientology. He came up to me to point out the camera pointed at us by $cientology's OSA, and he asked me what they would say if he asked them why they were filming us. I suggested he go ask, which he did. He said they were mostly noncommittal, saying that they were taping us because we were "troublemakers." He suggested that it was actually an attempt at intimidation.

I have some other things to do yet this afternoon, I will try to post a little more later on tonight as a follow up. Some pictures from today will also be posted on a.b.s. shortly.

MK
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"Did you ever read poor old George Orwell's uh... 1984? Yes, yes, that's wonderful. That would be, could be, the palest imagined shadow of what a world would be like under the rule of the secret use of Scientology with no remedy in existence." -L. Ron Hubbard PDC Lecture #20

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