Operation Free Shelly and Fish Sticks
|Operation Free Shelly and Fish Sticks|
Clip from a YouTube video of the raid showing the Ponderosan soldier participating in the raid talking into the intercom of the compound
|Commanders and leaders|
Leon Montan |
|National Liberation Army||Possibly Sea Org|
|Casualties and losses|
Operation Free Shelly and Fish Sticks, commonly known as the Ponderosan Scientology raid, was a raid by the Ground Forces of the National Liberation Army, the military of Ponderosa Hills, on a compound of the Church of Spiritual Technology, a puppet organization of the Church of Scientology, located in Tuolumne City, a town claimed by Ponderosa Hills, although it is largely controlled by the United States. A second, separate, raid was executed on 24 March.
In 1988, the property at 18768 First Avenue was purchased by two individuals, William and Donna Daniels. Later that year, the property was transferred to Norman Starkey, who in turn gave the property to the Church of Spiritual Technology, a branch of the Church of Scientology in 1993, with construction on the compound's facilities beginning in 1997. The property is now known as Lady Washington Mine.
After finding out that the Church of Spiritual Technology owned this property, which is near his house, Leon Montan decided that he would order a raid said property on 18 September 2020. Due to the proximity of the compound to Leon Montan's house (about 8 kilometres), it was decided that the National Liberation Army (now the Revolutionary Army would raid the compound. The raid was scheduled to begin at approximately 4:00 PM UTC, with plans of the raid being completed at 5:00 PM UTC, 18 September.
At 09:10 local time, Leon Montan left Arastraville on bicycle, before reaching a local gasoline station to purchase a bag of candy and a large cup of Sierra Mist. Montan reached the compound at about 10:30, and spent about 5 minutes there. He said "Oi, hello, I am L. Ron Hubbard, uh, if you could let me in, that would be splendid. Thank you very much." into the compound's intercom system, before leaving to wait for a rendezvous at the local park of Tuolumne City and arriving back in Arastraville at around 11:47 local time.
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- "Montan: "National Liberation Army to raid Scientology base"". Ponderosan News Agency. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
- "Revolutionary Army executes another raid on compound of Church of Scientology". Ponderosan News Agency. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
- "scientology raid". YouTube. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
- "Operation Free Shelly and Fish Sticks complete". Ponderosan News Agency. Retrieved 2020-09-19.