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Italian protester coaxed off roof of Vatican basilica, arrested

April 02, 2014

Marcello Di Finizio, who had climbed out onto the dome of St. Peter’s basilica on March 30 to protest European Union policies, spent April 2 in a Vatican prison cell after he was finally coaxed down.

Di Finizio spent two nights on the roof of the Vatican basilica before European lawmakers persuaded him to end his demonstration and speak with them about his concerns. Vatican officials then arrested him, and will weigh criminal charges.

For Di Finizio, it was the 4th time that he had staged a protest on the roof of St. Peter’s. He had done the same thing once last year and twice in 2012. Although Vatican security officials have now been alerted to watch for him, he gained entry to the Vatican last week by using a disguise.


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