8 arrested as opposing groups protest at 'Silent Sam' site on UNC campus

8 arrested as opposing groups protest at 'Silent Sam' site on UNC campus
Saturday afternoon protesters on both sides rallied in the McCorkle Place area of UNC's campus. (Source: Matt Morrison/CBS 17)

CHAPEL HILL, NC (WNCN) - It's been less than a month since the Confederate statue known as "Silent Sam" was pulled down by protesters on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

But the controversy has not gone away.

Saturday afternoon protesters on both sides rallied in the McCorkle Place area of UNC's campus.

UNC officials said Saturday night that eight people were arrested during Saturday's protests, but names and charges were not available, according to UNC officials.

During the protests, a few people were seen carrying Confederate flags near the site where the statue once stood.

Police were there to keep the peace as those protesting the statue had loudspeakers and outnumbered the supporters of the Confederate monument.

The protest on Saturday appeared to become violent when protesters fought back against police and some were detained. A purple smoke bomb of some sort went off during the skirmish between police and protesters, according to social media video.

Previous protests since the statue was toppled have included violence and several arrests.