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More arrests made in toppling of Confederate statue in N.C.

A damaged nearly century-old Confederate statue lies on a pallet in a warehouse in Durham, N.C. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Investigators are working to identify and charge protesters who toppled the Confederate statue in front of a North Carolina government building, the sheriff said Tuesday. The Confederate Soldiers Monument, dedicated in 1924, stood in front of an old courthouse building that serves as local government offices. (AP Photo/Allen Breed)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina sheriff has arrested more protesters in connection with the toppling of a Confederate statue.

Durham County deputies took two people away in handcuffs Wednesday at a court hearing for another demonstrator who was arrested the previous day.

A news release identified them as Dante Strobino and Ngoc Loan Tran. On Tuesday, Takiyah Thompson was arrested at a news conference where she identified herself as the woman who climbed the statue and attached the rope used to pull it down.

Peter Gull Gilbert, 39, also of Durham, was arrested Wednesday afternoon

All face felony charges related to inciting and participating in a riot that damaged property. Investigators plan more arrests.

The statue in Durham came down Monday night after Thompson attached the rope and demonstrators on the ground then pulled the bronze Confederate soldier from its pedestal. The toppling followed deadly violence over the weekend during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Calls to remove Confederate statues are gaining more traction across the country, but a 2015 North Carolina law limits the movement of such monuments.

Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday called for the repeal of the law, saying leaving the monuments up could be dangerous.

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