An Italian protester has had his day in court over a recent demonstration.
A man received an eight-month suspended jail sentence Monday for rolling a half million or so colored balls down Rome's famed Spanish Steps.
Graziano Cecchini, 54, was convicted of disrupting bus services with his January 2008 stunt, which he described as a protest against dishonest politicians of all parties, ANSA reported Monday.
Cecchini criticized the outcome of his trial, the Italian news agency said.
"What sort of interruption of service could there possibly have been? The Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps) is a pedestrian area. There wasn't any crime, only a pop-art event," he said.
Here's a video report of the day's fun and games. Certainly, the street-sweepers seem to be enjoying themselves!
Mr. Cecchini is a well-known 'artistic protester'. One of his previous feats involved dyeing the waters of the Trevi Fountain a deep blood-red.
Creative protest, certainly! Perhaps our rather boring home-grown variety might take some lessons from him? We'd probably all enjoy the results!