Head of famed London cathedral quits over protest

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The head of Saint Paul's Cathedral resigned on Monday after he faced criticism over moves to evict protesters inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement from the London landmark.

Graeme Knowles, the dean of the cathedral in London's financial district, said his position had become "untenable" amid a row over hundreds of demonstrators who have camped in the churchyard for more than two weeks.

"The past fortnight has been a testing time for the chapter and for me personally," Knowles said in a statement on the cathedral's website.

"It has become increasingly clear to me that, as criticism of the cathedral has mounted in the press, media and in public opinion, my position as dean of Saint Paul's was becoming untenable," he added.

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