This was out first return to London since they had gotten out of hand in the early summer.
We were protesting to mark the death of Lisa McPherson two years ago at the "Flag" $cientology organisation in Clearwater, Florida.
We had a quite impressive turn-out, both Internet and FUSS protesters, plus our much-vaunted Sound System
The sound levels from this thing is truly impressive. The police politely asked us to turn it down, so there must be enough "Oomph!" for our purposes... The box spreads sound to both sides, in a wide arc from 30o "behind" the back to 75o "in front". The gap in sound spread in the "dead ahead" direction is intentional (the aim is to prevent sound from going straight across the street, bouncing off the wall on the other side and causing feedback). (For orientation purposes: Dave is standing "behind" the sound system.)
The system as shown here is not quite finished. In particular, what is
missing is a more substantial method of securing the components in the
lower compartment (on the photo, the bits and pieces are held in by
faith and gravity...) and suitable lettering on the back to indicate
the ownership of the box.
The clams honoured the occasion with an intensely staged "counter-protest." Some members where obviously only there to wave the "flag" (sorry!), while some where engaged in conversations with the protesters.
The picture on the left shows a local clam and one of the police
were present at the whole protest. I have no idea what the
discussion was all about, but I really like the look of the
body language of the constable...
The picture on the right shows the very enthusiastic Sea Ogre who went around ad promised everyone SP declares, as well as predicting that we would rapidly develop a fatal disease, drop our bodies and get a "nasty surprise." Quite what he thought he was doing, I don't know - that kind of mumbo-jumbo might be very effective inside the Sea Org, but in Real Life[tm] if gets him less than nowhere..
More pictures from London
Roland (Roland RB.)
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