7 people arrested during rally on UNC's campus near Confederate Silent Sam monument

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Saturday, August 25, 2018
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UNC said 7 people were arrested in connection with the rally on the Chapel Hill campus (Warning: possible profanity)

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina -- The University of North Carolina says there have been seven arrests made at a rally near the Confederate "Silent Sam" monument on the Chapel Hill campus.

Protesters gathered on UNC's campus near the "Silent Sam" monument following Monday's toppling of the statue.

Many students, faculty and alumni have called the statue a racist image and asked officials to remove it, though some argued it was a tribute to fallen ancestors. UNC leaders, including Chancellor Carol Folt, had previously said state law prevented the school from removing the statue.

UNC said as of 1:20 p.m., seven arrests have been made.

Three people were arrested for assault. Two people were arrested for assault, destruction of property and inciting a riot.

One person was arrested for destruction of property and another for resisting an officer.

Police said no permits were issued for Saturday in Chapel Hill.

As a "precaution," the town of Chapel Hill said there will be no parking allowed Saturday along the 100 and 200 blocks of East Franklin Street and the 100 block of Henderson Street through the duration of the event.

A barricade was placed around 'Silent Sam' and some Confederate flags could be seen.

Around 11 a.m., protesters could be heard chanting, "Hey hey ho ho, white supremacy has got to go."

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