Their gas generators have been swiped, courtesy of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY).
Early this morning, the FDNY swooped down on the Zuccotti Park base camp of the Occupiers in search of "flammable or illegal items." The protestors have for the most part tried to heed fire regulations in their cooking practices. No open flames are used, and dish water is brought into the camp pre-heated.
But the fire department had been expressing concerns this week about the tents sprouting up across the plaza, and the absence of adequate fire control mechanisms.
Why would they be worried about fire control, you ask?
Apparently, the problem comes from the make-shift media center, not the kitchen.
To keep thousands of dollars of laptops and wi-fi hotspots humming, gas powered generators run day and night. The FDNY found the generators this morning, and confiscated them.
So was this all a pretext to get the protestors out of the park by making their teeth chatter and their knees shake as the cold really comes in?
Probably. But then again, they protestors have been shown all kinds of breaks and lenience by the authorities so far. And if there was some sort of fire and anybody was hurt, the entire movement would blame NYC authorities, and probably head straight to the nearest "Bankster-controlled" courthouse for a huge lawsuit paid for by the taxpayer.
At some point, it would seem the Occupiers are going to have to go home.
And Mayor Bloomberg would rather have the cold force that issue than the batons and shields of the NYPD.
(H/T: Business Insider)