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Occupy London: 90% Empty at Night?

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(LONDON) -- An analysis of images taken by a thermal camera has found that 90 percent of Occupy London tents are empty overnight, a claim the group disputed Wednesday.

The Telegraph newspaper took the images of the occupied space outside St. Paul’s Cathedral Monday at 11 p.m. Only 20 of the camp’s 200 tents appeared to have anybody inside, the newspaper reported.

Naomi Colvin, an Occupy London spokesperson, called the use of heat sensing cameras an “invasion of privacy,” and faced with the prospects of being labelled a business hours-only protest, claimed the analysis did a poor job of estimating the number of people inside the camp.

“We had at least 140 people that night,” Colvin told ABC News, noting that the group uses sign in and sign out sheets to keep track of who is inside the tent city at any given time.

Colvin contended that the encampment is consistently two-thirds full and that people share their tents with others if they know they will be gone for a night.

“These are real people with real lives and responsibilities,” Colvin said. “It’s impossible to expect someone to stay every single night, but the fact that we are here shows we are deadly serious.”

The group has been occupying the area outside St. Paul’s Cathedral since Oct. 15. The famous landmark was forced to close its doors last Friday for the first time since World War II due to what it called “health and safety concerns.”

The landmark is losing an estimated $25,000 per day in ticket sales. Many protesters have vowed to stay until the summer Olympics, which will be held in London next year.

The City of London Corporation said on its website it will hold a closed meeting this Friday to discuss possible legal avenues for evicting the protesters.

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