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Occupy Wall Street: London Takes Page From Mayor Bloomberg's Playabook, Sans Billy Clubs, Book Burning, NYPD Bedside Manner

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The City of London Corporation, which oversees the U.K.’s main financial district, issued eviction notices to anti-capitalist protesters camped outside St. Paul’s Cathedral. The City authorities served a legal notice demanding the protesters move their tents and equipment away from the public highway within 24 hours, John Park, a corporation spokesman, said in an e-mail today. The move followed a decision yesterday to clear demonstrators from the area, he said. “We are getting reports about vulnerable people, cases of late-night drinking and other worrying trends, so it’s time to act,” the corporation’s policy chairman, Stuart Fraser, said in an e-mailed statement yesterday, “From now on, we will have to have any talks in parallel with court action -- not instead.” If protesters do not comply with the eviction order, proceedings will be issued in the High Court, he said. [Bloomberg]