ARREST THE POPE CAMPAIGN
Prior to the end of February, I will be holding my own personal 48/72 hour demo on top of a local crane dressed as Jesus drawing attention to the abuses of the Catholic church. The aim is to attract as much publicity as possible and Jesus hanging from an erect crane arm should do the trick.
Also the headlines expected to follow are "Jesus Arrested" "Jesus Pleads Not Guilty"
Irrespective of the demo being executed with humor and fun, this does not and will not distract from the seriousness of the campaign's aims. This will be the first of many, and the hope is (although not essential) the publicity success will galvanize others to stage their own events and as a group start campaigning in different countries. The publicity will only increase as will the pressure for further debate and action on the matter.
Fathers for Justice used similar tactics very successfully, immediately below is a short video clip of the publicity just two members of Fathers for Justice achieved.
The part of Stephen Fry's debate pertinent to crimes against children. The Catholic Church is not a force for good.
The Complete Debate With Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry, The Catholic Church is Not A Force For Good.
The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuse
"The Case of the Pope" delivers a devastating indictment of the way the Vatican has run a secret legal system that shields paedophile priests from criminal trial around the world. Is the Pope morally or legally responsible for the negligence that has allowed so many terrible crimes to go unpunished? And, should he and his seat of power, the Holy See, continue to enjoy an immunity that places them above the law? Geoffrey Robertson QC, a distinguished human rights lawyer and judge, evinces a deep respect for the good works of Catholics and their church. But, he argues, unless Pope Benedict XVI can divest himself of the beguilements of statehood and devotion to obsolescent canon law, the Vatican will remain a serious enemy to the advance of human rights.
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The message and aims through direct action are simple "ARREST THE POPE AND TAX RELIGION." The message will be promoted through audacious acts by individual protesters acting alone or with one or two friends.
We are not promoting that any member should endanger their lives or put themselves in a situation liable to criminal prosecution. That said the protests suggested do carry an element of risk as well as the distinct danger of a minor charge of trespass and or reckless behaviour.
The scaling of a prominent building and hanging from it a linen banner stating something simple such as "ARREST THE POPE AND TAX RELIGION" will ensure passers by and media are aware of the campaign's aims.
I personally favour church roof tops for obvious reasons as well as local IRS / tax offices and or as fathers for justice did cranes. The crane does offer the activist less danger if mindful of winds and securing yourself to the structure. Note winds in excess of 30 mph prohibit most drivers from working, this would seem a good gauge to use for all protests where height is a pertinent factor.
Once in place with banner(s) displayed and a fully charged mobile phone in pocket, contact the local press and local TV news channels and explain you need their help to broadcast the message and will not be coming down until this is done. This will have two effects, they will feel flattered (maybe) to be named and implicated and will want to cover a newsworthy story, same applies to the press. This could also help in securing an interview with the local media and furthering the goals of the campaign.
It would be wise to be fully aware of the taxation regulations relevant to your area prior to fixing yourself in place and the complications with the arrest of a head of state. This knowledge will also help in knowing the subject inside out for when you are interviewed, upon Your descent.
We must stress any action taken by any member is wholly at the members own risk and we are not promoting any person to break the law or endanger themselves or others. The more audacious any action is, the more newsworthy it will be and the more likely you are to secure media coverage. These small individual campaigns will start small and will be difficult to attract media attention at the beginning (maybe) this will with time only become easier as the stunts pulled off become more inventive and audacious.
Be safe and careful. Check your local laws and above all have fun. When and if you are arrested or questioned by the police, remember it is advisable to have a solicitor/lawyer present to assist your interview. DO NOT BE TEMPTED TO FOREGO THIS OPTION WITH THE IDEA YOU WILL BE RELEASED EARLIER. You will not and any decent solicitor will ensure you do not incriminate yourself at interview.
The police are not complete idiots, but generally without a decent interview, they normally are at a loss to secure a hearing with the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service UK or your country's equivalent)
I'm not 100% certain but think the UK covers trespass under civil law which isn't anything to worry about at all.
Reckless behaviour is different and it would be wise to be able to prove all the precautionary measures taken to ensure yours and other's safety in the performance of any stunt.
The last few paragraphs though sounding a little serious are just worst case scenarios and they needed pointing out. Hope you will be inventive and hope very much you secure maximum media coverage from EACH of your demos.
Arrest the Pope and Tax Religion (direct action)