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Protester coaxed off dome of St. Peter’s, under arrest

October 04, 2012

An Italian man was placed under arrest after he was coaxed off the roof of St. Peter’s basilica, ending a dramatic protest against the European Union.

Marcello De Finizio, who had escaped from a tour group and climbed onto the roof of the basilica, was pulled back inside by firefighters. He had spent more than 24 hours on the roof, flourishing a sign that protested Italian government policies and the power of the European Union.

De Finizio, who has a history of making spectacular personal demonstrations—including a previous stunt on the dome of the Vatican basilica—told AP reporters that he did not expect to be punished for the demonstration.


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