Facing government opposition, Scientology prepares to play dirty - 2017-07-02
Rod Keller continues his series on the remarkable situation in Mexico City, where the Church of Scientology is facing government opposition to construction of its planned "Advanced Org" for Latin America there. Now, the church has made a telling move, and Rod has reactions to it...
The seals across the entrances of the Palmas Plaza are still up. Scientology continues "trabajo hormiga," or "ant work" in secret, using a very small crew working on a job that requires over 100. Neither the neighbors nor Scientology are happy with the stand off and each took steps this week to bring the situation regarding the planned Advanced Org for Latin America to an end.
The neighbors this week first organized, then canceled a protest at the obelisk, a landmark in the center of a roundabout near the site. The area already has traffic congestion, and they fear the hundreds of hotel rooms, the restaurant and the large auditorium will add to that. There are rumors that Scientology is preparing to bribe local officials to get their way, but history indicates they will use other methods to get their way.