On Monday, the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters at Zuccotti Park in New York were evicted.
“Evicted” means made to leave. Anyone who didn’t leave the park was forcibly removed by the police.
The people in the park had been there for months. It was a peaceful protest against what they see as the gross differences in wealth between the “one per cent” of very wealthy people and everyone else (the “ninety-nine per cent”).
Zuccotti Park is owned by a company called Brookfield Properties. Brookfield had allowed the protesters to camp there since September.
Now that the protesters are gone, Brookfield is cleaning up the park. Brookfield said in a letter to New York’s mayor the park had become “unhealthy and unsafe.”