• 8 arrested in protest over toppled Confederate statue 'Silent Sam'


    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Eight people have been arrested following another protest over the toppling of a Confederate monument at the University of North Carolina.

    The university confirmed the Saturday evening arrests in a statement. Officials did not immediately release further details.

    The memorial known as "Silent Sam" was toppled Aug. 20 by protesters who called it a symbol of racist heritage.


    The News & Observer reports that about 100 anti-Silent Sam protesters gathered Saturday on the Chapel Hill campus for a "Nazis Suck Potluck and Food Drive."

    Nearby, about a dozen people holding Confederate flags held a vigil in a sectioned-off area near where the statue had stood.

    After both groups began yelling at each other, the Silent Sam supporters were escorted away and someone appeared to throw a smoke bomb at them.

    Some officers used the handlebars of their bicycles to push the Silent Sam protesters back.

    UNC plans to put the statue back on campus by mid-November.

    The university's chancellor has suggested putting it in a different place. 

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