YBOR RAID Report 4/25 *EDIT* For the record, Ybor is located within Tampa, FL and the raid was done by by a combination of CWfags/Tampanons/Ofags This past Friday, from 6pm-9:15pm, roughly 12 anonymous members descended upon the Ybor Scientology Center to spread the word about the dangerous cult known as Scientology. Full pix can be found at here. All in all it was a good time, Ybor absolutely LOVED us. We got a lot of horn love and in addition to that, there were a ton of people that wanted to take pictures of us, with us, etc. just because of our cool masks and outfits. People in restaurants became quite confused when a dozen masked individuals began dancing spontaneously to Rick Astly with large signs. Many would call out asking what we were doing, to which we would offer fliers (tons of fliers btw, we had a huge surplus left over, 5/10 anyone?). We did some dancing with some of the other soapbox people out there too, although I think we might have blended in a bit too much (note: moar anons next time) with them, but we definitely stood out. Only had a few problems with a rent-a-cop at the Centro Ybor shopping area saying we couldn't hand out fliers or wear masks on part of East 8th Avenue due to it being "private property". Not sure if he had his facts straight (I'm checking this with the city .gov) but we complied and played nice. We were still able to dance outside of the Scientology building. Other than that, a few street cops asking us to take off our masks initially, but retracting it once being told about the laws and our "permission" from higher-ups in the PD. A couple of notable incidents: Fox news camera guy showed up to take some footage and take an interview. The report was aired sometime Saturday (I didn't see it but it should be uploaded to their site soon, I'll get the link ehre once it's up). Other notable event, I mean, pretty interesting. Scientology 04-25-08 041 on Flickr - Photo Sharing! These two girls are the nicest Scientologists I have met to date. However, I am CONVINCED that they are not very high up and I think you'll agree with me. When we first started talking our conversation started as them asking us why we were attacking Scientology when it did so much good in the world. They personally were involved in outreach services, volunteer stuff etc. we listened to their story, and then we got our chance to talk back... they listened... let me lolwuthuh bold that for you, THEY LISTENED TO US We explained that we weren't protesting their beliefs, that we feel most scientologists aren't actually terrible people, that we feel they are merely being tricked by people higher up and that it is a money scam, etc. etc. The important thing here is that they weren't just hearing, they were digesting it, their expression showed confusion. We were not who their leaders said we were. We were not bigoted, drugged-up, hate-mongers (lol internats haet machin). We were seemingly educated and well-spoken individuals talking as if we had a cause, hell we sounded like them. This is where it gets interesting, we'd been talking for a minute or so when a woman comes out and starts trying to tell them it's time to go. The two girls keep listening to us, they don't leave immediately as they're in an interesting conversation, trying to defend their religion. After another short period (about 30 seconds?) a grumpy looking man exits the building and starts telling them its time to come inside NOW, repeating the statement (read: order) several times. The two girls, stay in the conversation, seemingly confused as to why they appear to be in trouble. Not long after that, the woman places a hand on one of them and begins leading them (albeit gently) back towards the doors of the church. We see the two girls along with a throve of other scientologists lead the two girls around the back, we didn't see them for the rest of the protest.... ...we did see them afterwards, out in front of the Scientology building being berated by the man that had called them away before. It was obvious that they had been crying profusely, then they disappeared into a mini-van and off they went. This was at about 10:00pm, we were at gameworks getting our party on. Some anons outside taking a smoke break saw this. It's a perfect example of the abuse the church perpetrates on their followers. I mean, what kind of "church" berates their followers to the point of crying, just for talking to someone with a different view point? eh... sorry, big tl:dr, it was a srs moment for me though... ANYWAYS... tl;dr: ybor was win, cops were alright, need moar people (and caek) next time.