Podcast from London
I don’t think I’ve heard this before but I stumbled upon it tonight from a re-post of an earlier MySpace blog entry. Christina Martin joined a friend as they recorded a podcast at the July ‘08 London Anonymous Raid.
One of the most memorable stories we heard was that of a woman whose parents had become Scientologists when she was around six years old. She had spent much of her childhood as part of the Sea Org – Scientology’s private navy – and she lived in a ship’s hull. There was no bed so she slept on the floor, she was kept out of mainstream education and received none from the church besides learning about Scientology of course. She eventually escaped and aged just 15, found her own way home all the way from Denmark back to England.
But it wasn’t just the bravery of the ex-Scientologists that impressed us that day – the protest itself was brilliantly done.
Anonymous consists of mostly teenagers and young adults, and as such their demonstrations are fresh, heavily informed by pop culture and really quite, dare I say it, cool. They wear stylised costumes and masks, most notably the V for Vendetta mask for which they are now famous). This serves to protect their identities, mark them out as a group and makes them a more interesting proposition than your usual, ordinary looking group of protesters. As do their offers of cake and free hugs to passers-by. Here’s a picture of us interviewing one protestor:
There’s little stuff I noticed wrong (saying Operation Clambake is my site and I’ve been a critic for 30 years, for example) but I’m glad she wrote up her impressions of Anonymous’ activities.
Here’s the podcast recorded during the raid.