Operation Downstat (aka Operation West Side Story / aka The Sydney "Mad Picket") - Saturday 14th May 2011
More to come, in these threads on WWP and ESMB....
http://forums.whyweprotest.net/threads/ ... ory.88417/
http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.p ... post575853
Batfuck crazy or what? This is your thetan-shrivelled brain on scientology folks!
OneOneWasARacecar, posting on WWP, wrote:Zhent and I did a brief sweep by Hercules St to see what was going on before the raid. Zhent noticed a new camera installed near a window we sometimes can see through. The front of Hercules St had a sign which basically had all of these ideal orgs where construction was going to start by the Maiden Voyage date. Inglewood and Tel Aviv were among them. Sydney was on the list as a fail.
We knew that the ideal org was going to be a sore point and we hammered it, as well as the stats leaked, and Rex Fowler's conviction (we did that one for anonSparrow). We did a quick sweep past the ANZO org where the protest was about to happen and we saw no red carpet and no one much there. We weren't able to confirm the event so we weren't sure til we got there if it was on or not.
Then 6 of us met up at the park and headed down to the org. We had 2 exes among us, Ian and Jen, which I am glad made it as there input was important. I'm not sure if we stepped into a spacetime fluctuation but when we got to the org, it was like we were in 2008, although Fatman said it was worse than 2008.
We had to explain to the new cops why we wear masks and they finally let Barbie put her mask back on. And the bullbaiting from OSA and even the publics was like these people were possessed by Jesse Prince.
We had lots of speeches, mostly Carla and I had both doors covered, they had 5 OSA guys on the doors. That's more than the 2 or 3 they normally have. Zhent managed to get a Xenuroll on them. We got that on video too. Lulz.
When I first took the megaphone, they started to heckle me. When I ignored them, they crossed the road to heckle me. When I still ignored them, they started grabbing the mike, pushing and shoving and all that. So I made a new rule: you cross the street, I cross the street and start protesting at your front door. They pushed and shoved me a bit at first, but they quickly learned. I can make more noise through your front door.
There were no cops there and the Scis were behaving very strangely. It was not looking good, but we just behaved, protested and had our video cameras rolling.
It didn't end there. We had publics crossing the street to grab cameras and shove people. There were numerous instances, and like good anons, we videod much of it from multiple angles. Fatman seemed to be the target of a lot of unprovoked stuff and he counted at least 10 minor assaults to him and others. We have footage from 2 angles of a crazy scilon trying to grab Fatman's camera. They were bullbaiting Carla and I because we were on the mike, but with Fatman, it was totally unprovoked. We were very well behaved and very civil, particularly Fatman, so they have no excuse.
It reminded me of that line from the Blues Brothers:
"Unnecesary Violence in the apprehension of the Blues Brothers...
... has been approved."
When the cops showed up, all of us made it clear that there was a very violent atmosphere. Even before the "West Side Story" bit, we all felt we needed a police presence there permanently from now on. I cannot say for certain, but there was a feeling among all of us, that the intimidation was endorsed by Scientology management. Particularly because management, including Cyrus Brooks were participating. The cops left after this. Must have been a busy night.
Still haven't reviewed all the footage yet, but Fatman got footage of Cyrus Brooks crossing the street to bullbait Carla Jesse Prince style. He has gotten close to her to bullbait before, but Fatman's footage is at a good angle, and it makes it clear he is the aggressor.
Michael Gordon still looks ready to blow to me. At first, he was laughing, secondly he was stern, third he was angry, and last he turned his back on me. The story of Colin Gao, seemed to really bug him.
I'm not sure when this happened, but there was an incident with a Scientologist by the name of Jo Kingi who parked near us, opened his car door and nearly hit Xenu, came out of his car, went to the org, ordering people out of his way in a very menacing manner. He then came back to his car, directly at our line of protestors. He told Barbie to get out of the way in an agressive manner and made a fist at her. Fatman got that on camera as well. There were too many of these incidents to name. We will put up video of as much of it as we can.
OK, so here is where it gets weird. One of the people who came to intimidate Fatman called him a paedophile and said he ran a paedophile website. She then said that she was going to get photos of him to put up on a website. Fatman was very well behaved, waited til she left and called the cops. The amount of intimidation going on and no cops there was feeling dangerous. It felt like at any time, there was going to be a full-on brawl. With 5 OSA guys and a number of heavy set Scis out the front, it could have been pretty nasty.
So a few minutes later, a bus full of kids turn up. Dozens of them. Out of nowhere. Then they stand out the front of the org in a line and start staring at us like out of "West Side Story". Fatman wisely did not take any photos. Nor did I. We think this was the last attempt to bullbait us. That's why we didn't take photos. It would have been like picking up the gun that Jack Palance through at your feet. It would have given the 5 OSA guys and the other publics, like Jo Kingi an excuse to come over and beat us up.
Pics and vids (lots of them) to follow.
<Edit>Kookaburra has rightly pointed out that since Jesse Prince is out and doing good work, he no longer does this. For clarification: This is what Jesse Prince did in the early days with the critics.
Zhent, posting on WWP, wrote:Hello, here is my take on last nights events.
It was a cold winters night that we assembled at Victoria Park, and there was a whiff of a fell wind in the air, though it was not heeded and we proceeded to be merry and joke of a fine night of enturbulation ahead.
We soon headed on down to the back street that houses AOSH ANZO, there we were greeted by an unprecedented amount of handlers. All the regulars were there, plus many I did not recognise. They began with alternating from giving us a stony stare to the 'OT' smug grin, and often interjecting into speeches to heckle speakers. The mood was tainted black like the sky above us, there were no niceties or pleasantness on display and it was becoming clear we were in for a tough night.
But things were only just getting warmed up, though it seemed there was much confusion among the scilons as to when the event was starting. When we got there at 5:30 there was already a fair few inside already, and till we left at 8:00pm a slow steady stream of scilons continued to come in. Possibly this is regular behaviour for Scientology events? Overall attendance was hard to gauge, I would put it between 100 and 200. Mostly bitter old timers, staff, and the Kingi clan (see below).
Soon after our arrival the crazies came rolling in, and we had quite a few scilons coming up to us who had forgot their TRs. One man got very close to violence, lucky the OSA handlers eventually intervened before things got ugly - though this was probably the plan all long. Intimidation and veiled threats were a strong theme of the night.
Another notable crazy was a women who was coming with her kids. fatman was taking photos across the street, so naturally the women assumed he was a paedophile ringleader taking photos of her children for internet exploitation. What ensured was the bull-baiting 'dance' of a scilon with a camera phone in fatman's face, continually sidestepping to get a better shot, all the whilst screaming that he was a paedophile operating paedophile websites and that she was going to 'get him'.
Eventually she got a suitable picture and then stormed off, but that was not the end of that!
I missed what initially happened, but she had gone down the street to where Kookaburra was talking on the megaphone and now it was Round 2, with her screaming at fatman again, and now CYRUS BROOKS was screaming at Kookaburra. Why on earth Cyrus was targeting Kookaburra I don't know, but he was getting very aggressive and in the face of Kookaburra demanding she delete photos of children (she didn't even have a camera). Eventually Kookaburra snapped and pushed Cyrus out of her face, to which Cyrus started bawwwing about assault, though nothing came of this.
It wasn't just random publics who were getting aggressive, even the controlled Michael Gordon was getting quite pushy and antagonistic by coming over to our side of the road and getting in front of the speakers.
Well we thought we had seen everything that night, but things were just about to get worse.
At some point multiple vans came down the street, one parking (illegally) literally in front of the protest. And who should get out but none other then Joseph Kingi – notorious ex-boxer who assaulted a protester way back last year. Of course also getting out was Kingi's seemingly endless extended family. They came out of the vans and from up the street and in the carpark behind us. Before we knew it we were surrounded. Suddenly there must of been at least 50 Scientologists on the street now. These were not your regular public who blindly ignore us and walk past quickly. These were there for one purpose only - intimidation, for there was malice in their eyes and they made sure to note us and made sure we noted them.
I can't overstate what a bad situation this had suddenly become: It was dark, the scilons were playing loud music, we were in a back street alley and we were surrounded and sorely outnumbered by non-too-friendly scientologists.
The most disturbing part of all this was Cyrus Brooks. Though his eyes were dead and cold, his face was broke by a grotesque grin, and he laughed and clapped on the street while the situation unfolded. Clearly this was his /b/lackup and he was very pleased with what was happening and the tactics used.
The police were called soon after the Kingi clan arrived, and they could not have come too soon, for the situation was looking very ugly. Thank goodness we had cameras rolling during this or I am not sure what stunt they would of tried to pull.
The police arrived and as if by magic the Kingi clan had disappeared inside the building. This essentially was the end of the protest, the rest of our time was spent talking with the police. From now on we must insist on a constant police presence at protests, for Scientology has signalled there are no depths too low it will stoop to eliminate opposition.
Scientology Sydney is in a pressure cooker situation. They have been badly damaged over the last couple of years by endless media reports, investigations, leaks and protests. But never have we seen them so desperate, and so compromised of their own values. As any Independent/Freezoner would be quick to point out there was no Scientology on display on last night, only the desperate air of a cult and its cultists lashing out in any way to defend their crumbling organisation, completely removed from the reality of the situation.
I would call this a shallow victory indeed, for they have descended to the level of 1.1 thuggery, and this is only bad for both sides.
How I now miss the days of boring scientologists, those who either ignored or scorned us while Michael Gordon stood by door silently and I got to have a friendly chat with a local SO. Alas, gone they are and I encourage caution around the world. I would say don't protest alone, but now it seems a small group is no longer safe.
Strong words can be conjured up when thinking about Sydney Scientologists; these include brainwashed, delusional, and most importantly, dangerous.
I took video of much of the above, though the quality varies greatly and it will take time to edit out the good stuff. Also I was filming on another anon's camera so it will take additional time to distribute the footage.
Kookaburra, positing on WWP & ESMB wrote: Here's a copy of my post from ESMB.
Well, to sum up this demonstration, the TA is moving. Excuse the Scilonese, please.
Scilons are becoming more and more agitated. There were several instances of aggression from them. The first one was some man who was shouting at us (at close range) to go away. Two OSA staff physically pulled him back as it looked like he was about to attack. Then there was a lady and her teenage daughter who got out of a car and the lady came flying up to me and screamed at me to not talk to her daughter, that it was illegal. I was addressing all arriving Scilons on the PA system, telling them about Rex Fowler. And I told her I'd talk to whoever I pleased. She went absolutely ballistic and stood in the middle of the street screaming and swearing. I called for cameras, so most of this is on film, which you will get to see. Then she went running up the street still in a rage, pointing her finger at us and saying we were pedophiles. A couple of minutes later, Cyrus came over to me and gets right in my face (like 2 inches from the end of my nose) with his bad breath and starts demanding that I get anons to erase photos they took of children. I just tell him to back off, repeatedly, which he doesn't, so I pushed him back to arms length. Then he accuses me of hitting him. Then he again demands that I get Anonymous to delete their photos of children. I told him Anonymous didn't take any photos of children. Later on, when the police came, they checked everyone's cameras for these lewd child photos we supposedly had and surprise, surprise, there weren't any.
But I'm getting ahead of myself here.
We have another Joe Klingi incident. For those of you who have been paying close attention to Anon Sydney's adventures, you will remember that Joe Klingi is the pro boxer who assaulted the smallest protester in the crowd last year and ruptured his eardrum. Well this time he picked on Anon Barbie. She's not very big either. Anyway, he parked his van, then got out and told her to move. She said he needed to say please if he wanted her to do something. Then he said if she didn't move he would punch her out. She stood her ground. Finally, he asked her to please move so she did. Fortunately, cameras were rolling and we have this recorded. There is a beautiful shot of Joe's fist drawn back ready to belt her. Anon Barbie did a beautiful job of staying cool and keeping control of the situation.
Then about 20 or 30 Scilons came out and lined up on their side of the street. This unnerved a couple of the Anons, who felt threatened by it as several of these people were the same ones that were involved in last years brawl. Personally, I think they were just attempting to handle by confronting the protesters.
So this time it was Anonymous who called the police. They have requested that police attend the demonstrations due to the aggressive behavior of the Scientologists. Poor cops. This is the first demonstration the Glebe police have stayed away from. Looks like they will not get much of a break.
All in all, a great demonstration.
tl:dr We are making an impact
thefatman, posting on WWP wrote: Annoyingly I've left my camera cable at work so I'll be unable to upload the remainder of the footage until tomorrow night
Having not given an in-depth description of the nights events from my perspective as of yet, I'll now to do that.
For starters, their behaviour is absolutely absurd, having missed the last raid due to personal reasons, I find it remarkable that all of a sudden I've been singled out for such a high intensity of bull baiting. First, a rather large male having a go at us in general and told us to "fuck off" then when I raised my camera (which was filming the whole time) to focus on his face (just in case) he lashes out physically and has a go at me, unfortunately I've also lost that footage as well (though I'm lead to believe racecar should have it on his camera). Once the handlers come out to reel him in, I tell him "It's probably best if you go across the road" to which he responds "Was that a threat?" this, coming from the man who'd just threatened to break my camera if I took a photo of him and who said something along the lines of "They might be nice and patient, but I'm not". Apparently 20 years in Scientology means that he still can't control his temper, that's something for LRH to marvel at the geriatric old fuck.
Then the woman that has been identified as Maria De Silva claiming that we're all pedophiles and we run pedophile websites (news to me) and apparently she has her own pedophile website and she's going to place our photos on the site. And she can rest assured that if any photos of myself or any others at the protest appear on some website affiliated with her, that there will be a hefty, hefty defamation and character assassination suit filed against her.
Next, after she has a go at me she goes down and Cyrus high-fives her (these people are supposed to be the most ethical people on the planet) before she goes down again and has ANOTHER go at Kookaburra to which I respond and continue filming. Then Cyrus decides to join in on the fun and shove his allegedly bad breath right in the face of Kookaburra, to which she pushes him away, using an outstretched arm as she partially moves back at the same time, then he claims she pushed him. The whiny prick. After they had left, I turned around to see ANOTHER Scientologist in the car park who was filming, I decided to partake in a bit of Spy vs. Sci action and film him back apparently "one photo and you're gone" and "you're abusing human rights" though he couldn't name one.
Later on, I saw someone approach the edge of the car park near our bags, a man I recognised as a cultie who not only pointed at me, but put his hand out in a gun shape (finger pointing and thumb up) and then as I said hello, he cocked his hand back to imitate the gun firing while aimed directly at me.
Then there's the whole issue with the Kingi clan. I'd noticed a group of youths congregating further up the street (mid-late teens primarily, mostly of Islander appearance), I'd approximate there were about 10-15 of them all up, though that's an estimate given they were concealed by multiple cars and the laws of physics. Though I wasn't entirely sure if they were with the cult or they were from the dance studio next door. I'd noticed that Tojo had gone up and had spoken to one or two of them and then almost immediately after, the infamous Cyrus "bad breath" Brooks came up and high fived a few of them (I wonder if he thinks it will get the Idle Morgue built faster).
Soon thereafter, a van arrives and almost hits Zhent as he's standing behind another car (that was backing onto a 'No Parking' zone so the van had no right to be there. The next thing we know, the door is violently pushed open, almost hitting another protester (I believe it was Xenu), the driver leans across to talk to someone on the other side before stepping out, revealing none other than Joe "I'm an ex-bikie and wannabe boxer" Kingi who then closes the door and heads across the road... no problems so far.
Within a few minutes, there were a significantly larger number of youths, including the adult Scientologists there were approximately 40-50 of them on the street (across from us, on our side and on the road up the hill) and given that there was a ute, a bus, and a van on our side of the road (that had been there the hole night) along with the new addition of Kingi's van, we were effectively trapped. 40-50 Scientologists versus 7 or 8 protestors, three of which were older females. Not only this, but by this point some of the younger ones had climbed onto the carpark and were effectively right above us and were constantly yelling things out (most of which I couldn't here) though I did recall one of them yelling "Aren't you the guys we sued?" though he could have said "Aren't you the cunts we sued?"
To top this off, Kingi, the bullying scumfuck that he is, wants to get back to his car, and instead of asking nicely, almost barges into one of the protesters (oddly, a female) who then doesn't respond, he then, pulls a fist that he keeps close to his stomach (she didn't see, but it is captured on video to be uploaded tomorrow). Before he decides in a once-in-a-lifetime act of niceness decides to say please, she kindly steps aside. His entire body language was aggressive (as it has been every time we have seen him) and given that he'd pulled a fist on a female protester who was significantly taller than him shows that, once again, he is incapable of dealing with people who don't do exactly as he says without resorting to violence.
News flash Joe Kingi you childish fuck. This time none of us said anything that you can claim as being offensive or otherwise, you were the one who was so close to resorting to violence simply because a complete stranger didn't follow your orders exactly as you wanted them to. Here's the problem with the world, people won't do precisely what you tell them, resorting to violence doesn't mean your applying ethics to people, it just means you're a cunt. Yes, that's right, I've called you a cunt, after you threatened to punch a female protester half your size, you need to grow the fuck up, but frankly, I don't care if you do or not, you're an inconsequential fuck who has no standing in the world, you're a failed boxer and a failed man.
By this point I had called the police telling them there were a large group of people (40-50) and we needed a police presence immediately due to the rowdy nature of the crowd. It was clear they were very intent on starting something that would not have ended well for any of the protesters.
All-in-all it shows the sheer desperation of the cult in Australia by having to resort to such schoolyard bullying tactics by surrounding a significantly smaller group of people who were backed into a corner.