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G8 Summit Protesters Gather In Maryland

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Beth and Bruce Emmerling were among those to turn out for the G8 protest in Maryland.
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Beth and Bruce Emmerling were among those to turn out for the G8 protest in Maryland.

Activists from various movements descended upon the small town of Thurmont, Md. near Camp David to protest the global economic summit taking place there this weekend.

Beth Emmerling is with the Occupy Baltimore movement, and said she's disappointed that the economic summit will not include participation from those hit hardest.

"I have friends with Ph.D's who are living on food stamps," said Emmerling Friday. "We have more boarded-up homes than any city I've ever been in. So yes, we've been hard hit by the economy."

She and a handful of other protestors are gathered on Main Street in the small town of Thurmont, which is the closest they could get to this weekend's G8 global economic summit being held 15 miles away at the presidential retreat at Camp David.

Thurmont resident Dylan Brown said the outlook in his town doesn't look much better than in Beth's. "I went to college for two years, then I went out looking for a job, then I got a job at McDonald's for two years," said Brown.

Brown also runs a small business selling t-shirts out of his basement. He says he hopes the world leaders will devise a plan to help small business owners like himself.

President Barack Obama hosted the leaders of the top eight industrialized nation to discuss ways to fix the worlds finances.

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