Anti-Scientology group has protest rally in Orlando

ORLANDO – About 100 people gathered outside the Church of Scientology Center at 1830 E. Colonial Drive Saturday afternoon, protesting the religious organization’s practices.

Police were there to monitor the demonstration but made no arrests.

The protesters carried signs with messages such as “Knowledge is Free” and “Honk if you hate Scientology.”

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The demonstration is part of a worldwide campaign by a group that calls itself Anonymous.

According to an organizer of the rally, who would not give his name, the group is protesting what he called “a gross violation of the right to see free church material,” after a leaked video of actor Tom Cruise openly talking about his beliefs was pulled from YouTube in January at the request of the Church of Scientology.

A synchronized protest by Anonymous in front of Scientology centers worldwide is expected to take place Feb. 10.

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