About 45 people showed up Wednesday near the entrance to the Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio, marking the first protest against the summer encampment of the wealthy and powerful Bohemians.
The protesters, whose presence was reported at 6:45 a.m., were standing on the right shoulder of the road and were not breaking any laws, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.
“Everybody was peaceful and law-abiding,” he said.
Two CHP officers remained at the scene along with Sonoma County sheriff's deputies. By 11:45 a.m. the protesters were gone, he said.
Sloat said he did not know who had organized the protest,and protesters issued no public statement.
The encampment, expected to draw 2,400 male members and their guests, begins Friday and runs through July 31 at the Bohemian Club's 2,700-acre enclave along the Russian River.
The protest appears to be related to a YouTube video announcing the launch of “Operation Bohemian Grove” at dawn on Wednesday, saying the first step would be “occupation” of the intersection of Bohemian Avenue and Railroad Avenue.
The video, which opens with the sound of an air raid siren, says that participants should block the entrance to the grove “until the presence of the police state requires you to move."
“Do this in a peaceful non-combative way,” it says.
The grove encampments, which date back to 1878, include corporate titans and political leaders. No women, other than grove employees, are allowed.
No significant protests have occurred at the grove in recent years, but Matt Oggero, the club's general manager, said last week he wouldn't be surprised to see “a few people show up” this summer.
Club activities, which include daily talks around a lake, are not as outrageous as the club's critics allege, Oggero said. “It's a group of guys out in the woods having a good time,” he said.
The video asserts that “important political and business deals are discussed and established at the Bohemian Grove, which is a direct violation of law in most concerned countries.”
Mary Moore, whose Bohemian Grove Action Network organized protests in the past, said her group has nothing planned this summer.
The YouTube video, posted on June 24, has received more than 65,000 hits. It was posted by a group called 2ndrevolt.com, which has a website under construction that lists no names or contact numbers.
Last updated at 6:53 PM on 14th July 2011
A notorious group of hackers has called for the infiltration of a top secret elite society as it stages its annual gathering in California.
The Bohemian Grove began its two-week gathering in Monte Rio, California, yesterday, with protesters lining the street outside the exclusive 2,700-acre estate.
Bohemian Grove is part of the San Francisco-based male-only Bohemian Club which includes heads of state, leading business magnates and bank executives among its members.
Attack: Hackers group Anonymous has called on people to infiltrate the top secret Bohemian Grove club - where the most powerful men in the world are said to meet annually
Secretive: The elite group meets for two weeks every summer on a sprawling 2,700-acre estate in California
Conspiracy theorists claim the group is behind financial market manipulation, policy-setting, king making and even occult rituals and debauchery.
It has also been claimed that the group is linked to other secret societies such as the Illuminati and the Council of 300.
Hackers collective Anonymous has called for infiltration of the group and occupation of its secret grounds.
Anonymous has been associated with attacking major corporation and connections to the diplomatic cable leak site WikiLeaks, including Mastercard and Visa.
The majority of members of the Bohemian Club are set to arrive on Saturday, and Anonymous is calling for protesters to step up activities around the estate over the weekend.
The group claims to have 'literally explosive' information on Bohemian Grove and plans to leak it along with material from the Metropolitan Police in London.
Among its membership are said to be Google executive chairman Eric Schimdt, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and House Minority Leader Paul Pelosi.
Leaders: Members of the elite group include General Dwight G. Eisenhower and Republican President Richard Nixon
Founded just after the Civil War by Henry Edwards as a private camp for 'bohemians' - artists and writers - to relax.
The club's membership has since evolved to include some of the richest and most powerful men in the U.S. and now numbers more than 2,400.
Among those said to have been members include every Republican president since 1923, cabinet officials, CEOs of major companies, banks and oil company executives.
The retreats are said to have been the location where many future presidents have established their credentials by making important speeches - including Dwight Eisenhower.
The Grove became famous with the revelation that meetings on the Manhattan Project took place there in 1942, which led to the development of the atomic bomb.
According to The New American, Republican president Richard Nixon credited a speech he made by the lake in the estate as the first milestone on his road to the White House.
Think tank: The Bohemian Grove is where one of the meetings for the Manhattan Project is said to have taken place in 1942
In his memoirs, he wrote: 'If I were to choose the speech that gave me the most pleasure and satisfaction in my political career, it would be my Lakeside Speech at the Bohemian Grove in July, 1967.
'Because this speech traditionally was off the record, it received no publicity at the time.
'But in many ways it marked the first milestone on my road to the presidency.'
Protesters have gathered near the entrance to the Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio - marking the first demonstration against the summer encampment.
Around 45 people stood on the right shoulder of the road past the 2,700-acre estate along the Russian River.
The protest appears to be related to a YouTube video announcing the launch of 'Operation Bohemian Grove' and calling for people to 'occupy' the intersection of Bohemian Avenue and Railroad Avenue near the venue.
The video, which begins with an air raid siren, said participants should block the entrance until they were moved on by police.
It claims: 'Important political and business deals are discussed and established at the Bohemian Grove, which is a direct violation of law in most concerned countries.'
The video, posted on June 24, is by a group call 2ndrevolt.com.