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Protesters Topple Confederate Statue in North Carolina

Students at the University of North Carolina tore down Silent Sam. 

Protesters tore down a statue of a Confederate soldier on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

This is the latest move in an effort to dismantle Civil War symbols amid debate about race and the legacy of slavery in the United States.

According to Reuters, approximately 300 demonstrators gathered on Monday evening for a protest and march at the base of Silent Sam, a memorial erected in 1913 to the soldiers of the pro-slavery Confederacy killed during the Civil War.

Protesters pulled the statue down with rope. University Chancellor Carol Folt acknowledged the protesters' frustrations but criticized their conduct as vandalism.

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