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As more are barred, Scientologists say: We will beat ban

Title: As more are barred, Scientologists say: We will beat ban
Date: Thursday, 1 August 1968
Publisher: Scottish Daily Express (UK)
Author: Tom Brown
Main source: link (165 KiB)

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THE scientology sect—whose students are barred from entering Britain—is going ahead with plans for an "international conference" in London this month.

Yesterday 72 scientology students were turned back at London Airport—52 of them after a night under guard in £4 10s.-a-time rooms at airport hotels at the expense of B.O.A.C.. They booked with the airline as a party from an American oil company.

Delegates to the international scientology conference in Croydon from August 16-18 will beat the ban by declaring themselves at immigration control points as visitors.

Despite protests, and the Minister of Health's clamp-down on the cult, the local council say they cannot stop the conference from going ahead in their hall.

Officials of the scientology movement in London and at their East Grinstead, Sussex, headquarters would not divulge what was on the agenda of the conference. But one agreed that the recent Government action against the movement was "an obvious item for discussion."

A preliminary conference of about 500 field staff members of the scientology movement will be held this weekend in the Café Royal in London's West End.

The Home Office said yesterday that 73 "foreign nationals" had arrived the previous night at London Airport saying they had come to study scientology.

Seats were found for 21 on flights and yesterday the rest flew to America and Sweden.

A B.O.A.C. spokesman said that 40 of the scientologists were members of a party that had been booked for a charter flight which was cancelled by Caledonian Airways after the Home Office ruling.

The scientology institute said last night they had never heard of Kathleen (19), and Noel O'Donnell (18), from New Zealand, whose parents claimed they had been "swallowed up in the organisation."

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