8 arrests after another protest at site of ‘Silent Sam’ on UNC’s campus on Saturday

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Eight people were arrested Saturday in another protest over the “Silent Sam” Confederate monument that was toppled over by protesters last month.

Police told FOX8 that they cleared McCorkle Place on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s campus at about 6:45 p.m.

Law enforcement used smoke to maintain safety and order and the area was cleared under North Carolina General Statute §14-288 due to disorderly conduct, according to police.

There is no current word on the suspects' names or charges.

It was the third protest since the Confederate monument was toppled to the ground by protesters on Aug. 20.

The school has since announced that there is a “clear path” to move the statue from its place on the Chapel Hill campus.

At least 10 other protesters were arrested in the previous two protests, which both attracted hundreds of people to McCorkle Place on the school’s campus.

Silent Sam was erected more than a century ago to remember the university students who fought in the Civil War. He is silent because he carries no ammunition and cannot fire a gun, according to the university.

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