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Italian man in daring protest on St Peter's dome

An Italian man has eluded Vatican security and scaled the 130-metre-high dome of St Peter's Basilica to protest Italian government and European Union policies.

Italian businessman Marcello di Finizio protests on the dome of St Peter's Basilica to protest Italian government and European Union policies.
Italian businessman Marcello di Finizio protests on the dome of St Peter's Basilica to protest Italian government and European Union policies.

VATICAN CITY // An Italian man has eluded Vatican security and scaled the 130-metre-high dome of St Peter's Basilica to protest Italian government and European Union policies.

Officials said that the man, who identified himself as the owner of a beach resort, refused appeals from government ministers offering to meet him if he would come down.

He put up a banner saying "Help! Enough Monti!" referring 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 growth.