Italian Protester Scales St. Peter's Dome

He spends night atop Vatican landmark
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2012 4:27 AM CDT
Italian Protester Scales St. Peter's Dome
The protester stands above his banner, which reads, "Help!! Enough Monti, enough Europe, enough multinationals, you are killing all of us."   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

(Newser) – It's hard for a lone protester to get attention in today's protest-crowded Europe, but one Italian man managed it by scaling St. Peter's Basilica. The protester, posing as a tourist, slipped past Vatican security to climb the landmark and unroll a banner denouncing European Union policies and multinational companies, reports the AP. The man, identified as beach bar owner Marcello Di Finizio, whose livelihood is at risk from new government regulations, spent last night on the dome and was still there this morning, despite offers from lawmakers to talk to him about his concerns. (Read more protests stories.)

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