‘Silent Sam’ is down: Protesters topple Confederate statue on UNC campus


imageCHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Protesters toppled the controversial “Silent Sam” statue on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

More than 300 protesters first gathered at the Peace and Justice Plaza at about 7:30 p.m., before marching to the base of the statue, calling for its removal. By 9:30 p.m., the statue was on the ground.

Protesters had sectioned off the area around the controversial statue with large banners and could be heard chanting, “stand up, fight back,” and “hey, hey, ho, ho, this racist statue has got to go.” Many also held signs.

The banners blocked the view of the statue, but people could be seen walking behind them. No one at the protest would speculate what was going on.

At one point, there were tense moments between protesters and police officers. Protesters deployed smoke canisters.

One person was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and for concealing one’s face during a public rally. (Read more)

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