While at least one downtown Frederick business boarded its windows Thursday — ahead of anticipated protests of the G-8 Summit at Camp David — one protester said their fear is unnecessary.
Rather than promoting violence, a G-8-related event at C. Burr Artz Library in Frederick today drew about 45 people to a more than three-hour discussion on the global economy and inequality.
“I’ve heard a lot of people are concerned, but not a lot of them have asked questions about us,” said Gary Staples, an Occupy Frederick member, referring to the decision by Little’s Furniture on East Patrick Street to board its windows. “I’ve tried to reach out to some of them.... We have been observing and we don’t see any evidence of that type of element.”
As of today at 1 p.m. there were no reports of violence or other incidents related to the G-8 Summit.
Staples, 27, of Frederick, attended today’s event, the Occupy G8 Peoples’ Summit, at the library at C. Burr Artz Library in Frederick, at which 11 people spoke about the need for greater equity of wealth worldwide.
The event, organized by Occupy Frederick and Occupy D.C. members, was aimed at countering some of the discussions that will be held by world leaders at the G-8 Summit at Camp David in Thurmont.
Staples also helped to organize Saturday’s Counter G8 Community Bloc Party. He said he expects about 200 people for the event at Baker Park.
Margaret Flowers, an organizer of Occupy D.C., spoke at today’s event, and said the G-8 countries favor wealthy corporations, rather than citizens.
“It’s time to expose the truth about the G-8,” she said. “That they don’t represent the needs of the majority.”
Frederick resident Dylan Petrohilos said he was attending the library event in protest of the G-8 Summit, which is in opposition to the way he believes government should be formed. Petrohilos, 23, said local governments should control the finance and wealth within them.
While he acknowledged the G-8 leaders weren’t directly causing the issues of wealth inequality, he said the leaders of the participating countries are representative of the wealth disparity problems in their nations.
Saturday’s Bloc Party will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Baker Park, at West 2nd and North Bentz streets in Frederick.