Man climbs Rome’s Colosseum and threatens to jump

Man climbs Rome's Colosseum and threatens to jump
A man climbed up the Colosseum on Tuesday in an apparent protest. File photo: Laurent Emmanuel/AFP
Emergency services had to coax a man down from the Colosseum on Tuesday afternoon, after he clambered up to the second level and threatened to jump.

Firefighters used a ladder to approach the man, who spent around an hour on a narrow ledge on the outside of the ancient amphitheatre before being persuaded to climb safely inside.

His motives were unclear, but reports said it appeared to be some kind of protest rather than a suicide attempt.

Videos showed the man pacing and shouting while a crowd of onlookers gathered below.

According to some reports, the man is a tour guide who recently lost his licence. But others said he was calling for the right to operate food and drink trucks near Rome's historic monuments, after the city council threatened to crack down.

Firefighters had laid out inflatable mattresses to break the man's fall in case they were unable to persuade him to descend.

The Colosseum, which with 4 million visitors a year is one of Italy's biggest tourist sites, remained open on Tuesday afternoon.

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