Protesters Expected In Mass Amounts When G8 Summit Comes To Frederick

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FREDERICK, Md. (CBSDC) - The City of Frederick will be receiving some extra attention over the weekend with the arrival of the annual G8 Summit, which will be held in the northern part of Frederick County Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19.

The Group of Eight (G8) is a forum for the governments of eight of the world’s largest economies that has met once a year since 1975. It was announced in March that the heads of these governments will be holding their annual summit this year in Frederick County; specifically at Camp David.

Frederick police and Mayor Randy McClement both have alerted its community of the particular high level of attention the G8 host cities usually receive, particularly from protesters.

Mayor McClement says he has been hoping for an opportunity to introduce a large amount of people to the City of Frederick to show them it is a great place to ‘live, work, learn and play’.

McClement welcomes protesters from all over to peacefully assemble and “express their political views” but asks that visitors respect their city, its residents and businesses.

Frederick Police warn its residents that host cities in the past have fallen victim to riots and other significant disruptions.

In a statement Police have released the following list of tips and other measures for businesses to take to remain prepared for whatever may come their way:

  • Do not place sandwich boards or other unsecured materials, such as tables and chairs, outside your business that could be damaged or used to cause damage to your property.
  • Should you feel uncomfortable or unsafe operating your business due to activity in the area, lock your doors and close your business. Make sure your emergency contact information is up to date.
  • Have materials and resources available to secure your business in the event windows or doors become damaged. Some materials to consider are plywood, screws/nails, tools, and items to clean up debris.
  • Look out for your fellow merchants and be a good neighbor by offering assistance, keeping them apprised of information, sharing resources, etc… As always, report any suspicious or criminal behavior to police immediately.

For the latest updates throughout the weekend on public safety, traffic and road closures, check G8 Summit Frederick’s Twitter account for frequent updates. Here’s the link for a quick follow.

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