City Hall to Occupy LA: You've Got Till Monday
Plus, Occupy Xmas splinter group emerges
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2011 11:33 AM CST
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks to the Sacramento Press Club during their luncheon in Sacramento, Calif., on Tuesday, August 16, 2011.   (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

(Newser) – The political tide at Los Angeles City Hall has turned on the Occupiers. Having already offered them free farmland, the city warned protesters today that they have until 12:01am Monday to leave City Hall park, the Los Angeles Times reports. In a public statement, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa cited damage to the lawn as well as health and safety concerns. LA Occupiers responded with a list of demands that must be met first—including a ban on home foreclosures—but are also planning protests in other areas of the city, the New York Times reports.

In other Occupy news, an Occupy Xmas splinter movement is calling for a new wave of protests over the holiday season, Mediaite reports. According to its website, Occupy Xmas is not aiming to “destroy… the great American tradition of Christmas,” but wants activists to protest outside major shopping venues—sometimes dressed as zombies, RT News reports. An earlier incarnation, Occupy Black Friday, inspired protests around the country yesterday—but had nothing to do with a crazed woman who pepper-sprayed fellow shoppers.
 

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