Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told Occupy L.A. protesters on Friday that they must leave their encampment on the lawn of City Hall by 12:01 a.m. Monday.

The mayor and police Chief Charlie Beck praised the protest and its aims at a news conference announcing the planned ouster.

“The movement has awakened the country’s conscience, it has given voice to those who have not been heard,” Villaraigosa said.

However, he added that from the start, he said the camp of about 485 tents was unsustainable.

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