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A look into the Silent Sam protest on Saturday

Update 10:30 a.m.: Another warrant was filed on Tuesday Aug. 28 following Saturday's rally, said Randy Young,  media relations manager for UNC Public Safety in an email. 

"UNC-Chapel Hill Police filed a new warrant on Tuesday (Aug. 28) indicating a charge of “Affray” on one individual related to activity on UNC’s McCorkle Place this past Saturday, August 25," Young said in the email. 

Young did not confirm the name of the person facing charges, but demonstrators on social media have identified the individual as the UNC student who was punched at the rally on Saturday. 

Video courtesy of University editor Myah Ward. 

Confrontation erupted at McCorkle Place on Saturday when protesters holding Confederate flags faced counter-protesters who supported the removal of Confederate monument Silent Sam. Seven arrests were made on Saturday, making 11 total arrests for the week of protests, UNC Media Relations said in a statement. Here is a look into the protest. 

Saturday's rally began peacefully as counter-protesters stood in front of protesters holding Confederate flags. 

“One, we are the people. Two, a little bit louder,” counter-protesters shouted. “Three, we want freedom for all people.”

Seven individuals were arrested on Saturday in connection to the rally on McCorkle Place. Danielle Shochet and Barry Brown were arrested for simple assault. John Quick was arrested for assault. Kristin Emory was arrested for resisting arrest. Alexander Joustra and Lillian Laura Price were arrested for injury/damage to property. Thomas Bruefach was arrested for resisting arrest and causing/inciting a public disturbance, the statement says.

Eight of the 11 arrests were made by UNC Police and the three warrants were also served by UNC Police. None of the 11 individuals are affiliated with the University, according to the statement. 

Tensions began to escalate as the two groups discussed videoing the scene. Protesters in support of taking down Silent Sam blocked media cameras due to safety concerns. 

“People find out names, they find our faces, they stalk us,” one protester said.

Following Monday's events, three warrants were filed in Hillsborough on Thursday, and Jonathan Fuller, Lauren Auction and Raul Arce were arrested on Saturday for "misdemeanor riot" and "misdemeanor defacing of a public monument." The update adds that the investigation is still in progress, and additional arrests may take place. 

Tension rose as demonstrators blocked Franklin Street.

Demonstrators later took the rally to Franklin Street. 

Some Confederate supporters began to cross the street to leave as counter-protesters followed. As one man refused to leave, police urged protesters to begin clearing Franklin Street. 

Tensions rose as some demonstrators left McCorkle Place.

While the University has yet to release a consensus on the next steps for Silent Sam, Folt said during a conference call with reporters that they have time to find the right solution.

“I said from the start that I think in the interest of public safety, I would find a better location, a safe, secure location for the monument that would allow us to talk about it, learn from it and deal with it in a respectful and appropriate way,” Folt said. “And if I could do that, that is still what I believe is necessary. And I think we do have time to really look at this and identify what I believe can be a sustainable, lawful solution for the Confederate monument. I do believe that everyone wants the safety of the campus.”

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