August 14, 2009
[efoods]Five private security guards have climbed to the top of the Colosseum in Rome to protest at planned layoffs at their company.
Ambulances and a fire brigade crane arrived at the scene as police cordoned off the area.
The protesters unfurled a banner that read “no to job insecurity” and received a megaphone and supplies attached to a rope by their colleagues.
The five threatened to jump if authorities tried to force them down and demanded to meet a government representative.
Below the ancient arena, some 50 other security guards backed the protest with cheers.
Their company was recently privatised amid financial difficulties, prompting the layoffs.
Rome’s local government office said the group would be offered a meeting on Monday.