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Photo Essay: 'Anonymous' Protest Church of Scientology in Hollywood

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'V' ran amok through the streets of Hollywood today as hundreds of picketers descended on the Church of Scientology complex at Sunset and L. Ron Hubbard Way. | All photos by Tony Pierce

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The global day of action was initially announced last month after a video attributed to "Anonymous" coincided with an online effort that managed to temporarily knock out Internet servers belonging to the Church of Scientology.

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Another speech by "Anonymous" appeared this weekend in the form of a video press release. Masked protesters responded in great numbers -- this time in real life -- with picket signs in Los Angeles and cities worldwide.

February 10th was chosen specifically because it marks the birthday of Lisa McPherson, who died of a pulmonary embolism in 1995 under the care of a branch of the Church of Scientology.

This tragedy and the ensuing indictments, trials, and settlements emboldened the nascent anti-Scientology movement which today was heard from -- on the streets and in the media -- louder than ever.

Project Chanology: 'Anonymous' Marches on Hollywood

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'V' for Vendetta masks had already sold out by midweek across the Southland. That didn't stop these creative masketeers.

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The CoS is watching... hence the masks

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All Photos by Tony Pierce, used under Creative Commons license.