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8 Arrested As Opposing Groups Protest At 'Silent Sam' Site On UNC Campus

During the protests, a few people were seen carrying Confederate flags near the site where the statue once stood.
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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.

Related: Confederate Supporter Says Flag, Silent Sam Aren't Race Related

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

Related: Supporters And Opponents Rally At Silent Sam Statue Site In Chapel Hill

During the protests, a few people were seen carrying Confederate flags near the site where the statue once stood.

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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."

Related: SBI To Investigate After UNC's 'Silent Sam' Statue Torn Down During Protests

Previous protests since the statue was toppled have included violence and several arrests.