Occupy Baltimore to protest G8 Summit in Thurmont
Group has met with sheriff, will camp at nearby farm
Townhomes rise on a hillside in the town of Thurmont, at the base of the Catoctin Mountains. The towns is expecting an influx of visitors because of the G8 Summit being held nearby at Camp David. (Baltimore Sun photo by Karl Merton Ferron / April 10, 2012)
From 8 a.m. to sundown Friday and Saturday, the group will protest the gathering of world leaders for what it perceives are failures to address critical issues in today's world, from climate change to food insecurity, according to a news release.
The group was first invited to the town by a local farmer who lives about five miles from downtown Thurmont and offered space on his farm for up to 30 of them to camp, said Beth Emmerling, a group member.
Emmerling said she and another member of the group met with the farmer and local police and talked with local business owners May 2, to reassure them they don't intend to cause trouble.
"We explained to them we're completely non-violent, we're very peaceful, we would have our signs, we would have our chants, and that we're not even planning on any civil disobedience," Emmerling said.
"Part of our goal here is to let people see that we're good people who want good things for everybody, that we're not looking to come in and cause trouble," she said.
Emmerling said the farmer hosting the group wants to remain anonymous.
The group is inviting others to join them in their protests.