For such a gathering of world leaders taking place on their doorstep the people of Thurmont, Maryland seemed unmoved.
Conferences like the G8 have been the scene of large-scale protests in the past but so far that has not happened in Thurmont. That is not to say that nobody turned up to voice their opposition. There were a few people keeping leaders on their toes.
“They don’t seem to have a clue”, said one man. “They’re on the wrong track. They need to realise that the system is so rotten that they need to start over from scratch.”
Another small group of protesters set up camp at the town’s main junction, all a far cry from the mass rallies seen at other venues across the world.
One protester voiced his disappointment:
“What we need to do is actually get the population of the United States and Europe to mobilize to force our leaders to address the real crisis. The idea that we can continue to try and bailout and protect this system is not going to function.”
Just outside the town a lone Buddhist monk made his own point in a dignified way, steadily beating his drum, and presumably not really troubling the machinegun toting security forces.