Protestors gather on UNC campus after Silent Sam’s toppling

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Police stand guard after the confederate statue known as Silent Sam was toppled by protesters on campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

(WNCN) Crowds began to gather Saturday morning around where the UNC Confederate monument known as Silent Sam used to stand. 

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UNC-Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill town officials issued a warning Friday about a possible rally.

A group waving Confederate battle flags stood with their back to the monument’s base.

An opposing group stood in front of them chanting – some holding signs that read “Always Antifacist” and “Destroy White Supremacy.” 

A group known as The Oathkeepers posted online they would be on the UNC campus Saturday morning. On Facebook, an opposing group posted they would show up to “Keep Fascists Out of Chapel Hill.”

The rally comes after Monday’s toppling of the UNC Confederate monument known as “Silent Sam.” 

University officials said that some students and others have received threats since the incident.

Police said parking would be banned along the 100 and 200 blocks of East Franklin Street and the 100 block of Henderson Street.

Any vehicles parked on those blocks after 7 a.m. Saturday will be towed, according to Chapel Hill city officials. Other downtown streets could be closed to traffic and parking could be limited.

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