Small group counter-protests ‘Silent Sam’ sit-in at UNC campus

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) — Fewer than five people showed up to counter-protest a sit-in that is underway Saturday at a Confederate statue on the UNC campus.

The counter-protesters carried Confederate battle flags and a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag and kept their distance from the statue known as “Silent Sam,” according to a CBS North Carolina photographer at the scene.

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Protests have been held against the statue recently and a sit-in of about 50 people was happening Saturday around the statue.

The counter-protesters showed up near the statue around 11:30 a.m., according to photos from the scene. Around 3:30 p.m., the two groups came together to debate the issues of the statue.

By 4:30 p.m., the counter-protesters with flags left the scene.

Two police officers were nearby and no violence was reported.

Two sides of the Silent Same argument peacefully debating the statue. Photo by AJ Janavel/CBS North Carolina

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