For this, they had to close St. Paul’s Cathedral in London for the first time since WWII (in 1940, a bomb-scare shuttered the cathedral for four days):
…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.
Corporation of London councillor Matthew Richardson said: ‘It’s incredible. The overnight monitoring of the site by the police showed that 90 per cent of the tents are unoccupied.
‘It just shows most of the demonstrators don’t have the courage of their convictions and are just here to make trouble.
‘Leaving your tent here overnight is a good way to do it. It’s a phantom camp – a big charade.’
St Paul’s shut for the first time since World War Two last week after the site doubled in size in a week and the demonstrators refused to move….
Giant signs hang over the encampment denouncing capitalism, but many of the activists spent much of yesterday sitting in a Starbucks overlooking the churchyard, several working on laptops….
‘[The cathedral] could stay closed for Remembrance day, and even Christmas.’ Mark Field, Conservative MP for Cities of London and Westminster, said: ‘St Paul’s is a Unesco World Heritage site and they have turned it into a Third World shanty town.
‘There’s masses of space in front of the entrance and yet the doors are shut. I’d love to have an explanation for that.’…