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YouTube group wages war on Scientology

Calls for 'action' on February 10

A group of activists are using YouTube and other social-networking sites to gather people together for a day of action against the Church of Scientology this Sunday, February 10.

Known as 'Anonymous', the group has released three videos on YouTube in the past fortnight that seek to discredit and "dismantle" the church, famous as the religion of celebrities such as Tom Cruise. It also claimed responsibility in late January for the distributed denial of service (DoS) attack on the Scientology website.

In one of its videos, issued in early February, it tells viewers to be "very wary" of February 10.

The video in part reads: "Anonymous invites you to join us in an act of solidarity. Anonymous invites you to take up the banner of free speech, of human rights, of family and freedom. Join us in protest outside of Scientology centers world wide. We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. We will be heard. Expect us."

A further video posted on YouTube, titled Code of Conduct, offers a list of 22 rules for those intending to protest. The video urges the protest to be peaceful. It also encouraged protesters to cover their faces to prevent "your identification from hostiles".

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