Around 200 people have taken part in the rally in Basel, protesting against opening of a center of Scientology that took place on April 25, reports Blagovest-info.
150 staff members will work in the new center which will become the largest base of Scientologists in Switzerland. 100-200 people will come there weekly to attend special courses.
Almost 800 members of “the Church of Scientology” (a new religious movement which is considered by many opponents to be a totalitarian sect) from Switzerland and Southern Germany took part in opening of the “Ideal Org” center on April 25, reports the Schweiz am Sonntag Swiss weekly newspaper. David Miscavige, the current American leader of the Scientologists, headed the ceremony.
The action of protest whose main participants were residents of the district of Basel where the center of Scientology is built, went without any incidents, the city police reported.
Among the demonstrators was Wilfried Handl – an Austrian man who formerly for 27 years had been an active Scientologist and in 2002 left this organization and became a staunch critic of the sect.
According to the information of InfoSekta – The Swiss Information-consultation center on issues of sectarianism – today there are no more than 800-900 followers of Scientology in the Swiss Confederation. Other sources also state that “the Church of Scientology” has attracted fewer new members in recent times in Switzerland and the rest of the world alike.