Scientology Crime Syndicate

A Scientology recruitment drive turning heads

Zurich, Switzerland
May 5, 2000

by Hugo Stamm

The controversial Scientology Organization will be carrying out a recruitment drive from May 12 to 17 in a room at the Carlton Restaurant at Bahnhof Street with upright display screens, short lectures, film presentations and a Sunday service. The Scientologists have sent out much advertising material in advance. Several TA [this newspaper] readers were surprised at the personally addressed invitations and made inquiries as to who was behind them. They were mainly surprised that the recruitment event was to take place in the renowned Carlton.

Business manager Markus Segmueller confirmed the exhibition date. At the same time he admitted to making a mistake. He had thought that it was a representative from a company. Not only until after the contract negotiations had begun did he realized that Scientologists were involved. "At that point I sent them a letter in which I made it clear that, under those circumstances, they would not receive the room," said the business manager.

However, the Scientologists did not give up. A delegation sought him out and talked to him for two hours. At the end of it he had unfortunately let himself be talked into making the exhibition room available to them, said Segmueller.

Today he regrets that he did not stand fast. Fear of demands for recompensation - Scientology has already expended much money on advertisement - keep him from putting a stop to the event. But he will see to it that the Scientologists do not hang up posters or distribute leaflets in the near vicinity.


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