Rome, May 22 - A Trieste restaurant owner perched precariously on the dome of St. Peter's for two days came down overnight. Marcello Di Finizio climbed the dome that looks down on Vatican City on Monday to protest against European Union policies that he says could lead to the closure of his sea-front restaurant. Authorities eventually managed to convince Di Finizio, who has twice before climbed the dome as a protest, to come down before he fell to his death. On Monday, Vatican guards and police closely watched the 47-year-old man who climbed 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 on July 30 and October 2, 2012, to protest ex-premier Mario Monti's government and austerity cuts, among other things.
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