Protesters occupying the former Chrysler building at 419 W. Franklin St. were arrested by law enforcement officers wielding guns Sunday evening.
According to a Chapel Hill Police Department press release, police sent a tactical team in to break up the protest after learning that known anarchists were present. According to the release, the group had people stationed on the roof and had obstructed the building’s windows.
Based on the risks, police secured and entered the building, arresting eight people for misdemeanor breaking and entering. Those arrested were transported to appear before a magistrate in Hillsborough.
Occupiers said despite rumors that police might ask them to leave, they didn’t expect what they called a “raid.”
“Not a single person in there had any weapons or anything,” said Stephen Greenslade, who was at the scene and said he had a gun shoved in his face. “There was a rumor that they were going to come in and ask people to leave.”