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Protesters have a week to appeal eviction


LONDON (AP) -- A lawyer for Occupy London protesters says they've been given a week to appeal today's order from a judge in London, who says they need to remove their protest camp from outside St. Paul's Cathedral.

It's been there for three months, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York.

During a court hearing last month, lawyers for the city argued that the camp was harming nearby businesses, and that the protesters were creating an unpleasant atmosphere.

The protesters' lawyers said the courts had a duty to uphold freedom of expression.

The judge found what he called an "unusually persuasive case" for eviction -- citing factors including obstruction of a public foot path and the nuisance to cathedral visitors.

The church has shifted position several times on the protests. The cathedral's dean and a senior priest have both resigned over the crisis.

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