7 Arrested at Protest Over Torn-Down Confederate ‘Silent Sam’ Statue at UNC

7 Arrested at Protest Over Torn-Down Confederate ‘Silent Sam’ Statue at UNC

Seven people were arrested at a rally at the University of North Carolina on Saturday, where demonstrators on both sides protested the Confederate “Silent Sam” monument that was removed earlier this week.

Protesters clashed at the Chapel Hill campus, with a group called the “Oathkeepers” rallying in support of the monument being reinstated and opposing groups arguing against the monument being on the campus.

Police said three people were arrested for assault and two for assault, destruction of property and inciting a riot. Another person was arrested for destruction of property, and one person arrested for resisting a police officer.

UNC urged students against participating in the rally yesterday, citing safety concerns.

On Friday, Thom Goolsby, a member of the UNC System Board of Governors, announced on Twitter the statue be reinstalled within 90 days, citing state law.

“Criminals who destroyed state property at UNC and police who did nothing will be held accountable,” Goolsby tweeted.

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