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Protester gives up St. Peter's protest

2 years ago Wednesday, October 03, 2012 1:03:43 PM CDT October 03, 2012 Wednesday, October 03 2012 Oct 3, 2012 in News
Source: Associated Press

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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