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article imageItalian scales Vatican cathedral dome in anti-EU protest (video)

By Anne Sewell     Oct 3, 2012 in World
Rome - An Italian restaurateur was on top of St Peter's Basilica in Rome on Tuesday, protesting against the Italian government and Prime Minister Mario Monti in particular.
Marcello Di Finizio, the restaurateur, tagged along with a group of tourists in order to gain access to the Dome. Once there, he abandoned the tour, climbed over the railings and lowered himself on to a window ledge. He then draped a banner over the dome of the cathedral reading, "Help!!! Enough with [Prime Minister Mario Monti], Enough with Europe, Enough with multinationals. You are killing us all. Development?”
Once up there, he spent almost a day addressing crowds of bemused tourists, decrying Prime Minister Monti's policies as "social butchery."
Vatican police, with the aid of Italian firemen, have been trying to coax Finizio to come down from the roof and end his protest. However, this is not the first time the 46-year-old Italian has scaled St Peter’s. In July he spent four hours on the same building before he was removed by authorities.
In March, he spent four days on a crane in Trieste's port, as he fears that he will lose his business due to an EU regulation that is opening up the market for beachside businesses.
The main reason for his outrage? Prime Minister Monti has implemented austerity measures to reduce the national deficit. The cuts that have been made have caused outrage among the Italian public, and several protests have been staged against these economic measures.
On Friday, 30,000 members of Italy's two largest unions rallied and marched through Rome in protest against the cuts, as unemployment continues to rise in Italy and the recession continues.
Panorama of St Peter s Square in Vatican City.
Panorama of St Peter's Square in Vatican City.
François Malan
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