Announcement 1: Good day Melbourne.

We’re here to protest against scientology and inform you about the dangers of this cult. I’m sure a great many of you have a dislike or distrust of scientology, or at least enjoy jokes made at scientology’s expense. But scientology is serious business. They’re guilty of pressuring their own members into put all of their money into the so-called church. They’re guilty of pressuring their own members into disconnecting with friends or family who are critical of scientology. They’re guilty of pressuring women to have abortions against their will. They’re guilty of using the children of scientologist members as work force – escaping labour laws because of its status as a religion. But scientology is not a religion. It’s a cult. Today we exercise free speech to openly say that scientology is a dangerous cult which destroys the lives of those who oppose and lives of its own members. Knowledge is free. We are Anonymous. Announcement 2: Greetings Melbourne. We call ourselves Anonymous and we are here to protest against $cientology. This is happening every month around the planet in hundreds of cities with thousands of people taking part. You may wonder why we wear masks and cover our faces – this is to protect our identity from $cientology so that we cannot be attacked by them. They have a history of harassing critics physically, mentally and legally. I encourage you to take one of our fliers, to search the internet and find the truth out for yourselves. Announcement 3: Good afternoon Melbourne. We are here to protest and spread the truth about the cult of $cientology. In the 1970s scientology committed the single largest infiltration of the United States government in history: Operation Snow White in which scientology destroyed undesirable records regarding scientology. In 1979 Mary Sue Hubbard – wife of $cientology founded L Ron Hubbard - and ten other scientologists where convicted and sent to federal prison. Why would a church infiltrate the United States government to destroy documents? This is not the action of a religious group. One of the agencies they infiltrated was the Internal Revenue Service, and yet still $cientology enjoys a tax exempt status. Be informed, because knowledge is free. Announcement 4: Hello Melbourne. We are here to protest against scientology. One of it’s many disturbing policies is the fair game policy. Fair game states that 1

anyone who opposes scientology may be tricked, sued, lied to or destroyed. We protest scientology, therefore scientology considers us fair game – which is why we wear masks. Scientology critics who came before us have had much trouble with harassment from scientology. Former Florida Mayor Gabe Cezeres was hit with multiple lawsuits when he opposed them buying Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater. When Paulette Cooper wrote her book, The Scandal of Scientology, her stationary was stolen by scientologists who forged death threats which they used to frame Cooper and take her to court. Thankfully, she was cleared of all charges and scientology’s attacks were revealed. Her book can also be read for free on the internet at www.clambakeorg. Shawn Lonsdale was a filmmaker and scientology critic who recently died in an apparent suicide. Meanwhile John Sweeney was harassed, tailed and spied on during the making of his BBC documentary, Scientology and Me. Because of these cases and more, we wear masks to protect our identity so that scientology may not harm us for attempting to tell the truth. Scientology has an extensive list of harassing and destroying those who attempt to speak the truth about their practices. Why would a church go to such lengths to hide information? Ask questions, search the internet and find the truth. Knowledge is free. Announcement 5: Good day Melbourne. Anonymous here to inform you about scientology. Members of scientology spend thousands of dollars on annual fees, courses and other expenses. One of the defining elements of a cult is the way in which it stripes members of financial independence, thus making them reliant on the cult. When scientologist Noah Lottick committed suicide, he died clutching onto the last of his money that he hadn’t given to scientology. Ask questions, find answers and learn the truth about the cult of scientology. Knowledge is free. Announcement 6: Hello Melbourne. We are Anonymous and we are here to protest against scientology, a cult which is guilty of pressuring female Sea Org members into having abortions, destroying those who criticize it, harassing and stalking those who attempt to leave, infiltrating the United States government and destroying documents and more. Please feel free to take a flier, ask questions and search the internet and discover the truth about the cult of scientology. Anthropologist Margaret Mead once said: Never doubt that a small group of committed individuals can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. 2

Announcement 7: Afternoon Melbourne. We call ourselves Anonymous and we are here to protest against scientology. You wouldn’t think that a religion would need its own intelligence agency, and yet scientology does. Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs is needed for public relations, suing people, investigating and attacking critics and former scientologists. In the 60s it was scientologist Guardian Office which handled these tasks. But then in the 70s the scientology’s Guardian Office carried out Operation Snow White which involved infiltrating the United States government and destroying undesirable documents. They were caught and eleven scientologists were convicted and sent to federal prison. This included Mary Sue Hubbard, wife of scientology founder L Ron Hubbard. After this incident the Guardians Office was reborn as the Office of Special Affairs – but they still carry out the same activities of investigations, lawsuits and suppressing information. Please take fliers, ask questions and be informed about the cult of scientology. Announcement 8: Hello Melbourne. We are Anonymous and we are here to protest the cult of scientology. These peaceful protests happen across the planet in hundreds of cities every month. Now scientology was founded by L Ron Hubbard, who began as a science fiction writer, penning Battlefield Earth among others. He has often been quoted as saying: “You don’t get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich you start a religion.” And “I’d like to start a religion – that’s where the money is.” In 1952 he did and the world was a worse place for it. Another choice quote from scientology documents is “always attack, never defend.” When Paulette Cooper wrote her book The Scandal of Scientology, their response was not to attempt to refute Cooper’s claims, but instead they framed and attempted to convict her of threats of violence. She was cleared of all charges. When a friend or family member of a scientologist is critical of scientology, the scientologist is pressured to disconnect with them. This disconnection policy tears apart relationship between friends and families. And when we began protesting scientology in February they did not refute the claims that they were a cult, nor could they tell us why Lisa McPherson died or deny that they infiltrated the United States government and destroyed documents. All they did was call us hateful. They didn’t bother to deny the truth. They attack, they don’t defend. But the evidence against scientology is overwhelming if you take the time to look. Ask questions, take fliers, search the internet. Knowledge is free.

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Announcement 9: Hello Melbourne. Every month we, Anonymous hold peaceful protests in order to inform you about the dangers of the cult of scientology. One of slogans for this campaign is “knowledge is free.” This has many meanings. The first, is simply that knowledge IS free. We live in the information age and it costs nothing to ask questions, to look into things, to search the internet. The second meaning of “knowledge is free” is that knowledge is NOT FREE for a scientologist. They’re pressured into disconnecting from those friends and family who are critical of scientology. Members are given software CDs which contains an internet filter program which censors anti-scientology websites. And within scientology members are brainwashed into distrusting any information that does not come from within scientology. They are stripped of their freedom to know the truth. The third and final meaning behind the saying “knowledge is free” is that it costs scientologists a great deal of money to be scientologists. It’s “religion” you have to pay for. The courses members undertake in order to achieve a higher status cost members thousands upon thousands of dollars. When scientologist Noah Lottick committed suicide, he died clutching onto the last of his money that he hadn’t given to scientology: $171. So in conclusion: knowledge is free.

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