Anti-crisis protester climbs onto St Peter’s

An Italian small business owner climbed onto the dome of St Peter's Basilica on Monday and unfurled a banner protesting against the social "massacre" going on in recession-stricken Italy.

Anti-crisis protester climbs onto St Peter's
Italian businessman Marcello De Finizio stands on the dome of the St Peter's basilica to protest against austerity measures. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

The man, Marcello Di Finizio, has climbed onto the cupola before in July and in October of last year to protest against the economic crisis and austerity measures in Europe.

"Stop the massacre. The political show is an ongoing horror," read a large white banner hung from the basilica, adding: "Help us, Pope Francis".

De Finizio is from Trieste in northeast Italy and owns a beach resort in the region.

The Argentine pope, who was elected in March, has been a powerful critic of money-minded ideologies and has called on government to protect workers and pay more attention to the dispossessed.

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