Supporters of the Occupy London Stock Exchange protest take part in a mass meditation on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral in London, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011. The senior St. Paul's Cathedral priest who welcomed anti-capitalist demonstrators to camp outside the London landmark resigned Thursday, saying he feared moves to evict the protesters could end in violence. Other senior clergy and politicians urged the campers to leave peacefully, as the cathedral announced it would reopen to the public Friday after a weeklong closure triggered by the demonstrators' tents. (AP photo/Matt Dunham)
LONDON (AP) -- Protesters camped outside St. Paul's Cathedral in
London say they are staying put as a deadline passed for them to
take down their tents or face legal action.
London officials attached eviction notices to the tents demanding they be removed from the churchyard by Thursday afternoon.
The Occupy London group said no one had left by the deadline, and marked its passing with a rally and a minute of silence outside the cathedral.
More than 200 tents have been pitched outside the famous domed
church since Oct. 15 in a protest against capitalist excess inspired by New York's Occupy Wall Street.
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