Town Helps G-8 Demonstrators

THURMONT, Md. (AP) - Demonstrators are descending on the rural Maryland mountain town of Thurmont in hopes of influencing world leaders at a global economic summit at nearby Camp David.

Members of lead organizer Occupy Baltimore said they expect dozens of sign-waving protesters Friday and perhaps hundreds on Saturday to line the streets with a broad variety of messages for officials of the Group of Eight leading industrial nations.

Their issues range from the government bailout of U.S. banks to nuclear disarmament, America's use of unmanned drone aircraft, genetically modified foods and civil rights in Ethiopia.

Police and protesters said they expect peaceful demonstrations in the town several miles from the tightly controlled presidential retreat inside Catoctin Mountain Park.