Police thwart 'Occupy' protest in St. Peter's Square
January 16, 2012
Protesters trying to set up tents in St. Peter's Square clashed with police at the Vatican on January 14.
About 50 protesters were eventually removed by police as they tried to set up tents in St. Peter's Square, apparently envisioning a lasting protest similar to the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations. Vatican officials said that they had no hesitation about calling in police since the protesters--including Spanish, Italian, and French members of a group known as the indignados were planning an "inappropriate" display.
One demonstrator was arrested as he began to climb the Christmas tree that still remains in St. Peter's Square.
- Protesters scale Vatican Christmas tree, clash with police in St Peter’s Square (AP)
- Vatican protesters evicted by police (Guardian)
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