Occupy Los Angeles Protesters Given 48 Hours to Leave City Hall Camp (Video)
Los Angeles will soon follow in New York's footsteps, disbanding its primary encampment of Occupy protesters.
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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gave a press conference Friday afternoon, telling the Occupy L.A. protesters that they must leave their City Hall camp by the end of Sunday.
"The movement has awakened the country's conscience, it has given voice to those who have not been heard," Villaraigosa said, praising their motivations, but he insisted it was time for them to find a new venue for their protest.
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Approximately 485 tents are currently set up outside City Hall, something the mayor made a point of noting was unsustainable.
"It is time to close the park and repair the grounds," he continued, "so that we can restore public access to the park."
Occupy L.A. leaders released a statement Thursday that they would reject orders to leave, and the AP reports this official order from Villaraigosa has yet to prompt an official response.
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"I'm proud of the fact that this has been a peaceful non-violent protest," Villaraigosa said. "It is peaceful because we've decided to do things differently in Los Angeles. We've not stared each other down across barricades and barbed wire."
The city's official deadline for Occupy L.A. to abandon City Hall is 12:01 a.m. on Monday. Watch Villaraigosa's press conference below: