CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) - It's been less than a month since the Confederate statue known as "Silent Sam" was pulled down by protesters on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
But the controversy has not gone away.
Saturday afternoon protesters on both sides rallied in the McCorkle Place area of UNC's campus.
UNC officials said Saturday night that eight people were arrested during Saturday's protests, but names and charges were not available, according to UNC officials.
The eight arrested were:
- Jayna Corinne Fishman
- Julia Tatiana Pulawski
- Brandon Alexander Webb
- Jody Anderson
- Joseph Baldoni Karlik
- Jaya Athavale
- Joshua Abram Macharka
- Christopher David Wells
During the protests, a few people were seen carrying Confederate flags near the site where the statue once stood.
Police were there to keep the peace as those protesting the statue had loudspeakers and outnumbered the supporters of the Confederate monument.
UNC Police released a statement about the arrests:
"On Saturday afternoon, Sept. 8, concurrent events were scheduled on UNC-Chapel Hill's McCorkle Place by two separate groups. UNC Police and other law enforcement agencies worked together to maintain the safety of all gathered as verbal interaction between the two groups grew heated. As participants departed, some individuals confronted and assaulted officers. Law enforcement officials made eight arrests before clearing the area around 7:30 p.m."
Previous protests since the statue was toppled have included violence and several arrests.