University of North Carolina students tear down Silent Sam statue on first day of class.
At least seven people have been arrested as opposing groups clashed at the University of North Carolina Saturday over a century-old Confederate statue that was torn down earlier this week.
Three arrests were for assault, the fourth for destruction of property and the fifth for resisting an officer, Fox 8 North Carolina reported. The sixth arrest was for assault, destruction of property and inciting a riot. There is no current information on the seventh arrest.
One person was recorded by the station stomping on a Confederate flag and then being led away by police.
Protesters gathered at the spot where the statue was torn down and held signs and chanted “racists go home,” according to the station. Several other people in support of the statue were seen holding Confederate flags.
Anti-Silent Sam protesters also chanted “Black lives, they matter here!” and “Cops and Klan go hand in hand!,” the Durham Herald Sun reported.