International power brokers arriving in Chantilly for the 2012 Bilderberg conference were treated to a rude welcome by a raucous crowd of about 200 demonstrators Thursday afternoon.
As black limousines and SUVs pulled into the secluded Westfields Marriott hotel, the site of this year’s annual meeting of the world’s richest and most influential, the protesters, many of whom wielded megaphones, shouted them down.
Even hotel employees weren’t immune.
“Don’t serve these criminals,” one man shouted as members of the wait staff drove onto the hotel grounds.
The Bilderberg gathering, given its name after the first meeting at the Netherlands' Bilderberg hotel in 1954, is viewed in conspiracy lore as the central planning session for an eventual one-world government. The European debt crisis is rumored to be at the top of this year’s Bilderberg agenda, but, among members of the crowd, opinions differed about what was being discussed inside.
“They’re talking about Mitt Romney’s running mate and they’re talking about setting up re-education camps for all of us,” said Ross Mullaney, 21, who drove to Northern Virginia from his home in New Hampshire.