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Anti-austerity protester climbs onto St Peter's Basilica

A man climbed St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican and unveiled a banner protesting against Italy's austerity measures.

Italian businessman Marcello Di Finizio has protested against austerity measures. Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

The banner read "stop this massacre a political horror show" which is believed to be a reference to Italy's coalition struggling with high unemployment and the recession.

He climbed the dome of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican and unveiled a banner. Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi