A young protester holds up a sign at the Anonymous protest last weekend.
Two New York City protests are not enough for the collective known as “Anonymous.”
Following their February 10 and March 15 demonstrations against the Church of Scientology, the loose-knit band of internet activists are planning a third event at Central Park on April 12. “Operation Reconnect” will highlight the Scientology tactics that reportedly keep Church members from contacting their families while urging Scientologists to get in touch with those they love.
The Church of Scientology has repeatedly denied that it forces members to separate from their families. But in late January Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church President David Miscavige, offered evidence that “disconnection” was official Church policy. In an open letter Hill wrote that when her parents left the Church in 2000 she stayed behind, and noted the great lengths Scientology officials went to keep her out of contact with them.
“Not only was I not allowed to speak to them, I was not allowed to answer a phone for well over a year, in case it was them calling me,” wrote Hill.
In addition to testimony from reconnected families “Anonymous” is looking for critics of Scientology to address the crowd, and is soliciting donations for a sound system and food.