LONDON (MCT) — Officials on Wednesday pinned eviction notices to tents of the Occupy London protesters camped outside London’s landmark St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Activists demonstrating against corporate greed in London’s financial district have held their ground for a month, but authorities said Wednesday that they must leave the area within 24 hours.
The protest has sparked debate that reached to politicians and clerics as well as city officials, and prompted the resignation of high-profile cathedral clergy who support the protesters.
City officials have blamed health and safety issues related to the encampment for the decision to close the cathedral’s doors to the public for the first time since World War II.
St. Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London Corp. are joint owners of the cathedral square, where about 200 tents are pitched.
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