yes I am still around and we are still protesting in Plymouth. We last did a flash protest yesterday, 20th Sept.
A small number of protestors turned up at the org around 11am to flush out the stress test cart early. We knew that with a shock raid we would have them running scared; at planned raids they clear the window up and put black sheets up, we guess to block out the entheta.
We knew therefore that in a panic to get us away from the org and all the publics they would send out the stress test cart.
We wanted this because the town was very busy and we wanted something as a focus for the raid. Needless to say the scientologists performed as expected, since Anonymous are now at cause they can only be at effect.
Anyhow, it was a great day.
I lost count of the number of people thanking us for what we were doing. We gave out a hundred or so flyers, which doesn't sound much except each one was given to someone who asked for one, not thrust in to their hand as they passed. One woman read our latest tri-fold all the way through in front of me and thank me, said it looked very interesting and she was going to check out the websites.
One woman had a pop "haven't you got anything better to do, like earn a living." Oh Dear, she picked the wrong one. I have a full time job, I am married, I have a daughter in her mid 20s who has left home and is also fully employed. I own my own home and by own I mean I have no mortgage. Anyhow, I explained we were not against the individuals or their beliefs rather the organisation and she said she would look at exscientologykids, out of interest.
A local balloon seller had a pop at Stu, flipped his hat off and pushed his scooter say that Stu had no respect for human rights and was just doing it for a thril. We announced that it was a scientologist playing fair game, which the cart operators streneously denied. Big crowd point out the hypocracy of the balloon seller accusing Stu of harassment when in fact he was going beyond that. I spoke with the guy later and he seems like the type of person who has no opinion of his own, he changed his mind at least 5 times from oh dear they [the scilons] are a bit nasty to you shouldn't be protesting the scilons have a lot of support and you're in a minority. Don't think it helped him any as I would speak to him and then Tim, a cart operator would speak to him. Had him all confused. Drama but no big issue.
Oh and one woman moaned about us getting in the way of customers trying to get into her shop, which wasn't the case; I think her business is not doing well and anything near her shop she sees as damaging.
We have a had a number of people show an interest in getting involved but it was only yesterday I thought of taking email addresses, I had more than 10 by the end of the day. We reckon more people speak to us, voluntarily take our literature and passively support us than ever before; and considerably more than the scilons.
We've run 5 similar mini raids over the past couple of weeks on account of fresher week coming up and new students joining University. We understand that previously they have had a presence at fresher week but from speaking with the organisor he is not expecting them this year and says they would be asked to removed; he was happy for us to be present if we paid the £100 for a table like everyone else. We have however had a number of students take leaflets to distribute for us.
The August book-a-thon weekend was a washout for our scilons in Plymouth. At the previous book-a-thon (May 2008) they had tables and chairs, no such luck this year on account of the local council being forward of this possibility. Indeed Exeter and Bristol authorities were also put on alert for activity during this weekend but reported back no activing. Local cells are keeping an eye on things as both cities and surrounding areas are alternate targets; mind you with the cost of petrol I think it would poor business practice to keep going to these cities.
We also have several behind the scenes actions going on both local and national, which I can't say too much about, suffice to say they are on target but may not show results for a while.
We're not putting up (m)any videos at the moment because the street action is typically more of the same, except for the assault on Mike, which was meant to have gone up already. Most of the cool stuff is not something we can reveal or get footage of for that matter.