* FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *
6TH ANNUAL DEMONSTRATION AGAINST SCIENTOLOGY ABUSES IN
CLEARWATER FLORIDA, DECEMBER 2-3, 2000
The Church of Scientology's continued policies and actions that harm people have prompted critics of the Church from around the world to schedule a 6th annual nonviolent demonstration against Scientology at the Church's spiritual world headquarters in Clearwater Florida. Pickets will be from 10am to 3pm Saturday December 2 and 10am to 3pm Sunday December 3, at the 200 block of South Ft. Harrison Avenue in Clearwater.
The night of Dec 2, a candlelight vigil will be held at 7pm near the Ft. Harrison Hotel where Lisa McPherson, a Scientologist for 18 years, died under mysterious circumstances. Previous candlelight demonstrations have been aired on NBC's Public Eye show. Lisa's estate is suing Scientology for wrongful death. Much information on her case is on the internet (www.lisamcpherson.org, www.lisatrust.net), including Scientologists' logs of her last 17 days, autopsy photos, and similar cases involving Scientology's policy of imprisoning members they have labelled as "psychotic."
Scientology has consistently attempted to thwart these annual pickets with incredible actions, such as tearing up their own sidewalks, renting several U-Haul trucks to hide the picketers, putting up hundreds of Christmas trees along the sidewalk, and other such antics.
Scientology has attempted to silence critics by distributing libelous material in critics' neighborhoods, by harassing protesters, sending private investigators to intimidate, attempting to close down the internet newsgroup alt.religion.scientology, and by suing critics and the media. Church members have harassed and intimidated peaceful protesters at previous pickets in Clearwater and elsewhere.
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