In an unorthodox display of anti-EU sentiment, an Italian restaurateur has spent over 12 hours staging a protest atop St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. He addressed crowds of bemused tourists, decrying PM Monti’s policies as “social butchery”.
Marcello Di Finizio tagged on to a group of ordinary tourists to gain access to the dome on Tuesday, whereupon he abandoned the tour, vaulted the railings and lowered himself on to a window ledge. He has so far spent more than 12 hours ensconced on top of St. Peter’s, refusing to quit his protest.
He draped a banner over the dome of the cathedral, reading “Help!!! Enough with [Prime Minister Mario] Monti, Enough with Europe, Enough with multinationals. You are killing us all. Development?”
Vatican police have recruited the help of Italian firemen in order to coax Finizio to end his protest and come down from the basilica’s roof.
This is not the first time the 46-year-old Italian has scaled St Peter’s. In July he spent four hours on the iconic building before being removed by authorities.