Here is a translation of a French article about demonstrations in France against accusations of pedophilia. Sorry for the mistakes regarding English syntax. ---------------------------------------------------------- In the Vosges, 600 to 1,000 JWs against accusations of pedophilia About 600 JWs according to the police, and 1000 according to the organizers, made a demonstration on last Wednesday afternoon in front of the "Prefecture" of Vosges, at Epinal in order to protest against accusations of pedophilia uttered against them. The protesters denounced the "serious accusations destined to give false information and cause prejudice to JWs, and impede them to build a place of worship" at Deyvilliers (Vosges), was told the AFP by Guy Canonici, President of the Christian Federation of JWs, while going out of a meeting held in the Prefecture at 06h00PM. "It's the last straw ! We've been enduring criticism for years. That's going too far ! Enough is enough !" said Canonici with indignation. The anger of the believers is towards an association of defence of Environment of Deyvilliers (Aded), which have been active since 2004 in order to impede the building of a 1500 seats "Kingdom Hall" with a parking of 500 places in this village made up of 1400 inhabitants. The Aded, composed of about 400 members, invited to this meeting on Wednesday evening Bill Bowen, who had been JW for 43 years, disfellowshiped because of his denunciation of hypocrisy by this Church regarding the victims suffering from sexual abuse, who would amount to more than 23000 "all around the world", according to what he said. "From the very first day on, the leaders of this organization deny the fact that there are victims (of sexual abuse, editor's note). They are aware of the problem, but refuse to settle it. They keep on concealing it. They really are bad people", declared Mr Bowen, president of the association "Silent Lambs." Being formerly an elder, Bill Bowen, 51 years old, was working at the World Wide Headquarters in New York, and affirms having received more than 7 000 testimonies of abused believers "from all around the world", about which he published a thousand of stories on this internet site "Silent Lambs" "When a catholic child is sexually abused, his/her parents call the police. On the contrary, JWs call the elders, treating the case through internal procedures. Thus, no one knows what happened" said Bowen during his interview with AFP. The demonstration of Wednesday at Epinal is a part of the "intimidation tactics" of JWs so that they can "do whatever they want", this man assessed. Although the JWs bought this 64 ha land some 4 years ago at Deyvilliers, JWs weren't able to make some progress regarding their project, while the planning permission is being blocked by the town hall. In 2007, JWs asked for the dissolution of the Aded, because it organized " systematic smear campaigns", setting up "discriminatory actions in order to impede the building of a place of worship". In may 2007, the Epinal magistrate's court decided to nonsuit the plaintiff. On Tuesday, M. Bowen was received, among others, by Georges Fenech, the president of the Miviludes, as we learned it from a comment of this very association.