Italian man protests on St. Peter's dome at Vatican

VATICAN CITY - October 3, 2012

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

He scaled the dome on Tuesday night.

He put up a banner saying "Help! Enough Monti!"

That referred 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 economic growth.

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