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

Catholic World News - 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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