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Protester scales St. Peter's Basilica

An Italian man has eluded Vatican security and scaled the 138-metre-high dome of St. Peter's Basilica to protest Italian government and European Union policies.
Italian businessman Marcello di Finizio stands above his banner which reads in Italian "Help!! Enough Monti (Italian Premier Mario Monti), enough Europe, enough multinationals, you are killing all of us. Development?? This is a social butchery!!," as he protests on the dome of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, . (Andrew Medichini/Associated Press)

An Italian man has eluded Vatican security and scaled the 138-metre-high dome of St. Peter's Basilica to protest Italian government and European Union policies.

Officials said Wednesday that the man, who identified himself as the owner of a beach resort, refused appeals from government ministers offering to meet with him if he would come down.

He put up a banner saying "Help! Enough Monti!" referring to Italian Premier Mario Monti, who has been implementing tough austerity measures and economic reforms to bring down Italy's debt and deficit and spur growth.