Seven people were arrested Saturday in clashes over the fate of a Confederate statue that was toppled this week on the campus of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, school officials said.
The circa-1913 monument known as "Silent Sam," now in temporary storage, was decried by critics as a symbol of racist heritage, NBC News reported. But a few demonstrators stood in favor of restoring the statue as a tribute to fallen ancestors.
In a message to the campus community, the university said none of the suspects were affiliated with the university. Administrators said the protest drew 100 people and that it was "highly charged."
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North Carolina has become a focal point in the debate over Civil War-era memorials. UNC leaders, including the school's chancellor, Carol Folt, said state law had prevented the removal of the statue.