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Supporters, Crowd Of Protesters Gather In Pike County For White Nationalists Rally

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PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) - Hundreds of people showed up for a White Nationalists rally in Pike County Saturday, but most were there to protest.

Some showed up in support of the event armed with guns or even shields but, on the other side of the street even more people who oppose the movement.

The rally taking place in front of the courthouse in Pikeville.

“Everybody's has the right of free speech and free assembly and to be from violent intimidation that's why the lease of the south is here today..to stand against these communists,” said Brad Griffin of League of the South.

Between two groups of people at odds.

"These Nazis called for white families to come out. Well hey, I'm a white family I'm a white mother and I'm here to say Nazsi are not welcome in Appalachia,” said Jane Smith from West Virginia.

One group pushing for what they call a free and independent south, wants to secede from the United States and is pro Christian and pro white.

"Would person of color be able to join your group? No. This a whites only organization. People of color should go and live among themselves and have all the equal rights among themselves they want,” said Michael Hill, President of the League of the South.

Many people on both sides are from out of town. We didn't find anyone from Pikeville in support of the white nationalists.

“People are going to think we're just ignorant racists here, them coming to Pikeville, and think we're affiliated with them..we're not at all,” said Erie Brown, Pikeville Resident.

“I believe that we should be segregated, yes. I believe that blacks can do whatever they want, just leave us alone,” said Buzz Saw.

"I am here to support my local community, stand for peace, show these people who we really are.

Do you feel safe here? With our law enforcement and local police yes,” said Sam McKinney, Pikeville Resident.

Lots of passion on both side, and a very tense scene here in Pikeville but so far it's been a relatively peaceful one.

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