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Man stages protest on top of St. Peter's Basilica

Wednesday, Oct 03, 2012 - 01:22

Oct. 3 - A man protesting against the Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti's government hangs a banner reading ''Help! Enough Monti'' from the cupola of St. Peter's Basilica. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) An Italian man climbed onto the huge dome of St Peter's Basilica on Tuesday (October 2) to stage a protest against Prime Minister Mario Monti and the European Union. Video footage showed the man jumping over railings near the top of the 137-metre-high dome in the afternoon, shocking visitors on a normal tour. He then tied a cord to the railings and abseiled down to a ledge over a window in the cupola. Tottering precariously on the ledge, he unveiled a banner reading: "Help! Enough Monti, Enough Europe! Enough Multinationals!". He remained on the dome into Tuesday night, flashing a strobe light. The man is a beach worker, angry about a European Union directive and Italian government plan that will see licences to operate patches of seafront auctioned off transparently from 2016, his colleague Alex Giuzio told Reuters. Beach workers say the plan will favour multinational companies over smaller local businesses.

Man stages protest on top of St. Peter's Basilica

Wednesday, Oct 03, 2012 - 01:22

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