7 arrested as protesters gather after Confederate monument toppled

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Last Updated Aug 25, 2018 1:35 PM EDT

Seven people were arrested Saturday morning at a rally over a Confederate monument at the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, authorities said. Three people were arrested for assault and two for assault, destruction of property and inciting a riot. One person was arrested for destruction of property, and another for resisting a police officer.

A group known as “The Oathkeepers” scheduled the rally after the toppling of a Confederate monument known as Silent Sam, CBS Raleigh affiliate WNCN reports. An opposition group, however, said they would show up to the event to “Keep Fascists Out of Chapel Hill.”

The university urged students not to attend the rally on Saturday.

“We do not know for sure what groups may attend, but we are mindful that the current atmosphere is highly charged, and protests that begin peacefully do not always remain that way,” university officials said in a statement. “For this reason, we urge you not to attend. For those who do attend, please know that we will do all we can to protect and keep everyone safe.”

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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