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The Last: UNC leaders condemn Southern image tilt

CHAPEL HILL, N. C. – The Latest in the overthrow of an Employee statue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (all times are local):

10:55

The highest officials of the University of North Carolina system say that the overthrow of a Worker statue on the Chapel Hill campus was unacceptable, dangerous and incomprehensible.”

In a statement released Tuesday, UNC board of directors chairman Harry Smith and system President Margaret Spellings say that the university will not tolerate the deliberate destruction of public property.

They say UNC-Chapel Hill leaders and police are reviewing the evidence and discussions “that will enquire about a full criminal investigation.”

The memorial known as “Silent Sam” was toppled Monday night during a rally by hundreds of protesters who decried it as a symbol of a racist heritage.

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10:25 pm

A Representative statue in the heart of North Carolina’s flagship university is no longer standing.

The memorial known as “Silent Sam” was toppled Monday night during a rally by hundreds of protesters who decried it as a symbol of a racist heritage.

The bronze figure of a Confederate soldier atop a tall stone pedestal was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1913. It was under constant police surveillance after being destroyed in the past few months, costing the university hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Protesters turned out to outwit officers by splitting it into two groups. Most of them moved away from the image, while a smaller group surrounded with banners on bamboo poles, the hide of the efforts to tie a rope or cable around it. Videos show the groups came together and pulled it down.

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