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Man on St. Peter's dome has climbed church before

20/05/2013

Bar owner stages third protest on Vatican property

Man on St. Peter's dome has climbed church before

Rome, May 20 - A man who climbed St Peter's dome on Monday has been identified as a Trieste bar owner who has climbed the church on two other occasions. Marcello Di Finizio remains clinging to the 138-meter-high dome as Vatican guards and police continue to watch the him. Di Finizio shouted that his dangerous demonstration is to express his anger over an EU permit directive to run seaside establishments, which could mean his bars end up for auction. The 47-year-old entrepreneur risked his life to climb down to a ledge over a window on the dome to hang a banner reading: "Stop the massacre, no to the Euro". Di Finzio staged similar demonstrations July 30 and October 2, 2012, to protest ex-premier Mario Monti's government and austerity cuts, among other things.