Un-occupy the City: Nine out of ten tents remain empty overnight at St Paul's protest camp
The anti-capitalist protest forcing St Paul’s Cathedral to close is a ‘big charade’ with only one in ten tents occupied overnight, the Daily Mail can reveal.
Footage from a thermal imaging camera shot by a police helicopter revealed that the ramshackle camp is almost completely empty during the cold nights.
It suggests the majority of the 300 ‘defiant’ protesters at the cathedral return home or to hotels after dark to sleep in warm beds.
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Of course the mentality of mud slinging and hoping it sticks here and the story kinda misses the point entirely. A lot of protesters work, have children to look after or other factors meaning they can only protest during certain hours of the day. Hardly unreasonable now. However, they are 'plastic' or 'fake' protesters.
Despite the fact OccupyLSX put out a very reasoned response.
OccupyLSX was surprised to hear The Telegraph and others reporting this morning that 90% of our tents are empty overnight. This is simply not the case. We try to keep vacancy to a minimum and operate a sign in/sign out system to help ensure this happens. When someone knows they will not be staying overnight, they offer their tent to someone else.http://occupylsx.org/?p=408
We are ordinary people with jobs and families. We are occupying in order to register our objection to being shut out of the political process. The fact that we are camping out here shows how seriously we take our right to participate and be heard. We are part of the 99%.
It’s certainly interesting to hear that the Corporation of London are wasting many thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money in monitoring our numbers by helicopter. But what about the “thermal imaging cameras”? We might be in a public space, but these tents are our homes – at least some of the time – and everyone has a right to privacy.
Being woken up in the middle of the night by a journalist with a camera is an unpleasant experience, and even more so for a female sleeping in a tent alone. The Press Team is happy to facilitate interviews at all hours of the night (we had Radio 5 Live broadcasting from 1am to 5am the other day), but we do ask that such requests go through us on this number 0845 299 6175. Our volunteers will do their best to help.
Yes, it was covered in the Guardian and Telegraph but you can expect the type of comments from Mail readers.
lot of lazy layabouts that would not know what they are protesting about ...if it wasn't for capitalism no taxes would get paid then where would they get their benefits ...do like they did in Melbourne get rid of them by force .
- raymond, melbourne ..australia, 25/10/2011 5:36 256
I wonder how many of these 'anti-capitalist' protesters are wearing designer clothes, using iPhones, drinking Starbucks, eating McDonalds, sleeping in an expensive tent and living off Daddy who uses a Mastercard and drives a General Motors car, goes abroad in a Boeing plane on a British Airways flight to a Marriott hotel and even have their own bank accounts with the banks they claim to despise. Hypocrites. 458
Plastic Protestors running home of a night time cos they're cold, hahahaha
- Paul Downey, North West England, 25/10/2011 5:04 286
Utter ignorance gets the highest green arrows.