7 Protestors Arrested Over Confederate Statue at North Carolina University
Days after the controversial Silent Sam, a Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, was brought down by hundreds of protesting students, another group of 100 protestors held a demonstration.
On Saturday, the protestors, who the university says were not a part of its community, were demanding the return of the Confederate statue.
The statue was toppled by the protestors last Monday calling it a symbol of white supremacy.
On Saturday, the protestors demanding the return of the statue met with the counter-protestors, leading to a brief standoff between the two, which resulted in the arrest of seven people.
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“Approximately 100 people attended the demonstration, which was highly charged. Police made seven arrests, and none were affiliated with UNC-Chapel Hill. We are grateful that no one was seriously injured,” reads the university release.
The police have charged three people with assault, two with the destruction of property and inciting a riot, one with resisting an officer and one with the destruction of the property.
The statue, which was erected in 1913, was given by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1909 and has been a subject of controversy and protests in last few years.
University chancellor Carol L. Folt termed the statue as divisive and its presence a source of frustration for people throughout the community.