Italian man protests on dome of St. Peter's at the Vatican
Italian businessman Marcello di Finizio talks on a mobile phone beside a banner in Italian reading:"Help!! Enough Monti (Italian Premier Mario Monti), enough Europe, enough multinationals, you are killing all of us. Development?? This is a social butchery!!" as he protests on St. Peter's 130-meter-high dome, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. (AP / Riccardo De Luca)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, October 3, 2012 6:27AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 3, 2012 11:09PM EDT
VATICAN CITY -- An Italian man has eluded Vatican security and scaled the 130-metre high dome of St. Peter's Basilica to protest the austerity measures that Italy has enacted.
Officials said Wednesday that the man, who said he was the owner of a beach resort, refused appeals from government ministers offering to meet with him if he would come down. He scaled the dome on Tuesday night.
He put up a banner saying "Help! Enough Monti!" That referred to Italian Premier Mario Monti, who has been implementing tough austerity measures and economic reforms to bring down Italy's debt and deficit and spur economic growth.