The London offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement is camped right in front of England’s venerable St. Paul’s Cathedral. Last week, the encampment forced the cathedral to shut down for the first time since the Blitz in World War II.
But thermal imaging photography taken from a police helicopter found only one in ten tents were occupied after dark.
So last Monday night (Oct. 24), the Daily Mail commissioned a thermal imaging company to take pictures of the protesters’ tents with a thermal imaging camera.
The damning images show that just a fraction of the protesters’ tents was actually occupied.
In the shots, the presence of body heat from humans is represented by yellow and red inside the tents. The tents that are coloured purple indicate they are colder and thus empty. The buildings behind are also yellow and red because of the higher temperatures inside.
The images suggest the vast majority of the demonstrators who gather around the cathedral to denounce capitalism during the day go home or to a hotel to stay warm at night.
Tory MP Mark Field has a sensible suggestion: “It appears it’s a daytime protest that dies off at night – so that would be the time for police to go in and remove them.”
Read more in the Daily Mail, here.