Anonymous relaunches fight against Scientology

The Anonymous group is calling for disillusioned former members to return to the fold ahead of a new phase in its battle against the Church of Scientology.

A video posted on YouTube on Friday said it was time for the original founders of the protest movement to return in time for a “shift to more subtle and shocking tactics”.

Anonymous has staged demonstrations against Scientology around the world over the last six months as part of Project Chanology. Members of the loosely-knit group have demonstrated outside Scientology offices worldwide, often wearing V for Vendetta-style Guy Fawkes masks and other disguises to safeguard their identities.

Other tactics have also included running denial of service attacks on Church of Scientology websites or making prank calls to Scientology offices.

The loose-knit group is protesting against the church’s alleged financial exploitation of members as well as its hostility towards critics. The protests sprang up in response to attempts by the Church of Scientology to force websites to pull a video clip of Tom Cruise expounding some of the more colourful tenets of his beliefs. Anger at this move expressed on the 4chan discussion board and elsewhere provided the initial impetus behind Anonymous but has led to problems, according to the video.

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