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Protester gives up St. Peter's protest

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Posted: Oct 3, 2012 3:03 PM
Updated: Oct 3, 2012 3:03 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: vatican, protestor, st. peter's basilica, wbrz, louisiana

VATICAN CITY - An Italian man has given up his protest atop the St. Peter's Basilica after more than 24 hours perched on the 426-foot-high dome to demonstrate against government reforms.

Two firefighters helped pull Marcello De Finizio inside the basilica on Wednesday evening, a full day after he eluded Vatican security to scale the dome.

In a surreal contrast, Pope Benedict XVI's regular papal audience - which draws tens of thousands of pilgrims on Wednesdays - went on as scheduled despite the protest taking place on the dome above.

De Finizio put up a banner saying "Help! Enough Monti!" - referring to President Mario Monti, the architect of Italy's economic reforms.

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