Protesters gather in downtown Pikeville

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Three people were arrested following protests in Pikeville late Saturday afternoon.

Police tell WYMT the three arrested were taken into custody after rallies ended. They said protests remained peaceful throughout the day.

Protesters began making their way the Main St. in downtown Pikeville around noon Saturday.

That's where a white nationalist group held a rally. Several groups showed up to counter protest the white nationalist group.

The City of Pikeville spent several weeks preparing for the event and spent early Saturday monitoring the area.

Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn said he was "hoping for the best but preparing for the worst."

Many in Pikeville said they felt safe throughout the day despite a large amount of people protesting.

"I think the police are doing a wonderful job," said Kyle Newsome. "I think they are doing what they can but it's hard against so many people."

Newsome said he has never seen anything like this in Pike County.

"It's scary because I don't really know anyone that believes in anything like this...either side," said Newsome. "I think both sides are a little extreme."

Many said they came to the rally on Saturday to give the people of Appalachia a voice.

"Our heritage doesn't represent hate," said Rebecca Young. "So that is one of the reasons why I'm here today."

Young's goal is to stand for values instilled in her since she was young.

The rally ended around 5 p.m. in the streets of Pikeville. Streets were cleared around 8 p.m.

You can see footage from Saturday's protests below.

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