Chapel Hill, N.C. At least seven people were arrested after a group of demonstrators gathered on Saturday at the University of North Carolina campus at Chapel Hill to demonstrate only a few days after the overthrow of the controversial Silent Sam statue
The demonstrators called "no platform for white racists" after a man showed up in clothing reminiscent of a Confederate soldier.
Casey Becknell came to the protest from Davidison County to show support for the tattered Silent Sam statue when about 300 people gathered in the place of the statue, surrounded them with banners and sang across the campus and sang before they heard him
"I do not protest, I do not do." When something drives my heart, "I'll go for it and that kind of touches my heart," Becknell said.
Counter-demonstrators often interrupted those in support of Silent Sam Statue and a man in a Black Lives Matter hat repeat Noble stood in front of television cameras to prevent reporters from showing Confederate banners.
"No white racist platform," shouted protesters.
UNC Chapel Hill officials Seven people were arrested, including three for assault, two for assault, destruction of property and incitement to rebel one for the destruction of property and one for resistance to an officer.
One of the men was arrested after the UNC police charged him with threatening a supporter of Silent Sam, and another was arrested after he had stamped on a Confederate flag and broken his flag post. A third person was arrested after attempting to set fire to a Confederate flag, causing a mockery of the police.
UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt said no persons involved in the arrests who are affiliated to the university.
The group supporting Silent Sam was about a dozen people, but their numbers were dwarfed by demonstrators who said they saw the statue as a racist symbol.
"I came out here today, It's very easy to plead against hate and bigotry, that's not what our city is about," counter-protester Carrie Lindberg said.
Folt estimated that more than 100 people attended the rally on Saturday, which ended around 4 pm She said she was grateful that no one had been injured, as the atmosphere was "sometimes highly charged".
Folt acknowledged that Confederate monuments had been a focal point for demonstrations on the UNC campus and throughout the community.
Finding a way to find a sustainable, legal solution to the Confederate monument in the long term, but we have not identified any plans yet, "she said at a conference on Saturday afternoon.
Police imposed parking restrictions on some streets of the city Although the rally was mainly restricted to the UNC campus, the demonstrators finally marched and blocked the traffic at the intersection of the Franklin and Henderson streets for a short time, police said no protest or march was reported by the City approved because Chapel Hill had not issued permits for any event in downtown Chapel Hill
There was discussion about whether the Silent Sam statue will be on the UNC campus return as a law from 2015 the removal of historical monuments illegal unless it is for reasons of historic preservation or public safety. A member of the UNC Board of Governors said earlier this week that the 2015 law requires Silent Sam to be returned to its original location within 90 days.
"In the interest of public safety, I would find a better place, safe, safe place for the monument," said Folt. "If I could do that, that's what I still think necessary."
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Three people accused of overthrowing the statue of Silent Sam on Monday night were arrested on Saturday
Two of the defendants surrendered in Orange County jail the police, but another was arrested elsewhere. Two of the men had been released on Saturday night on a bail of $ 2,000.
According to the Defend Durham group, member Raul Jimenez, who was indicted last year with the demolition of a Confederate monument in Durham, is one of the accused persons with falling Silent Sam. The group says that the lawyer representing Durham demonstrators will represent those involved in the Chapel Hill case.
One person was found guilty and charged with seven others this year in connection with the incident with the Confederate Memorial at Durham Courthouse
Defend Durham had planned what they called a "conference", circa 18 The event was later relocated to the Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough to assist those who submitted to the authorities in connection with Monday night protests. Around 5 pm, however, around 30 people left the area and an organizer said that the event had been canceled because they were "tired".
Another person was arrested during the protest of Silent Sam on Monday and charged with resistance arresting and concealing the face during a public rally.
Folt said the campus leaders had not anticipated the vandalism and the school would conduct a full investigation. She described the actions of the protesters as "unlawful and dangerous".
"Whatever anyone on the Confederate Monument feels, what happened Monday night was the destruction of state property," she said.