Stu Wyatt, a Plymouth campaigner against the Church of Scientology, was arrested yesterday at his home.

Stu has been a thorn in the side of the cult’s presence in Plymouth, running regular “Cult Watch” solo pickets against the notorious Scientology “stress test” cart which tours the town centre offering free stress tests (about the only thing in Scientology that *is* free…). Stu has been the target of Scientologist aggression in the past, being assaulted on at least two occasions, subjected to harassing phone calls at all hours of the night, and being attacked for his pro-medical cannabis stance and campaign work.

Yesterday, Stu was arrested at his home on charges of assault relating to a protest on 3rd June. At the protest in question, a female Scientologist blocked the path of his mobility scooter and attempted to “bull bait” him, a tactic of harassment and confrontation designed to create a violent response, in turn in order to produce “evidence” to discredit his actions. This is a long-standing tactic within the Church of Scientology designed to smear their critics.

Stu was today released from police custody. He has reportedly been issued with a restraining order ordering him to stay away from Scientology and charged with offences related to his medically-required cannabis use.

This arrest comes just days before the global “Sea Arrrgghhh” protests on 14th June. The protests will focus on the Sea Org, the elite group within Scientology and target of some of its most notorious abuses, including the Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF – an internal penal system and work force), coerced abortions (Sea Org members are not allowed to have children, and those who become pregnant are pressured into aborting the foetus), and child abuse (children as young as twelve are subjected to harsh discipline and interrogation.)

Further reading:
– Cult Watch on YouTube: http://youtube.com/user/PlymouthScientology
– Everybody’s looking for something: Life in Scientology’s Sea Org: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/05/399603.html
– Sea Arrrgh: http://www.seaarrrgh.com/

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