Many local officials were on hand Saturday to observe protesters in Thurmont who came as a result of the G-8 Summit held at Camp David. They were Ethiopians who were protesting President Obama hosting the Prime Minster of Ethiopia, Mele Zenawi, as part of the G8 Summit. The protesters say Zenawi practices genocide.
Among those present was County Commissioner Billy Shreve who had this to say about the planning by police and fire officials.
"Our Sheriffs Department coordinated with the City Police and State Police as well as working with the Secret Service did a great job in planning for the demonstrations," he said. Shreve would like to see the county host more national level events to show off all what Frederick County has to offer. He feels "Camp David is a gem" and a perfect place to host dignitaries.
Most area residents were hoping for a positive economic boost from all the visitors but as Thurmont Commissioner John Kinnaird points out, "This may not be the case." "I don't think this would be an economic boost unless some of these people would come back later this week or later this year to to buy something." Kinnaird was pleased that the town could allow for the expression of First Amendment rights for the protestors. "Hopefully. we will get some exposure and they will find us a welcoming community and come back and visit us."