Pubblicato: mercoledì, 3 ottobre 2012

Italian Man Scales St. Peter’s Basilica to Protest Austerity Measures

PressTV – An Italian man ascends the symbolic dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, objecting to the government’s austerity measures amid mounting protests in Europe.

On Tuesday, Italian businessman Marcello de Finizio went up the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City — located within the city of Rome, Italy — to protest against Prime Minister Mario Monti and the European Union.

De Finizio managed to reach the top of the 137-meter (450 ft) high dome, tying off a rope and descending down to the dome’s ledge.
While on the ledge, the protester uncovered a large banner, calling for a stop to the government’s austerity measures.
De Finizio still remains on top of Saint Peter’s Basilica, refusing to come down “until a delegation that he has requested sits down all together with the minister to agree to all the requests we have made with this protest,” said a friend of the protester.
The businessman has at least on another occasion climbed out onto St. Peter’s dome during a protest in July.

He is upset over a European Union directive and Italian government plan that will favor multinational companies over smaller local businesses — particularly targeting his business on the beach.

This comes as Italy’s main cities have been paralyzed due to a 24-hour strike staged by public transporters in protest at poor working conditions and the government’s failure to renew their contracts.
The strike came after the country’s main public transport workers’ unions failed to reach a deal with their government employers to renew their contracts that expired in 2007.
Over the past decade, Italy has been the slowest growing economy in the eurozone.
Other eurozone member states, such as Greece, and Spain, have been also struggling with deep economic woes since the bloc’s financial crisis began roughly five years ago.

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