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Angry 'Gladiators' Climb Colosseum In Rome Protest

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GLADIATOR PROTEST
Men dressed as gladiators protest inside Rome's Colosseum, Friday, April 7, 2012. Their protest came three days after city police fined the fake gladiators for offering payed services without authorization. Some tourists gladly pose for photo, then are dismayed when the costumed men demand money. The fake gladiators insist they perform a popular service and that their costumes evoke the atmosphere of ancient Rome. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito) | AP

ROME -- Several Romans dressed as gladiators have climbed the Colosseum to protest a crackdown on their unauthorized business of posing with tourists for money.

Saturday's protest came three days after city police fined the fake gladiators for offering paid services without authorization. They also were ordered to stop their paid posing.

Culture officials contend the fake gladiators ruin the decorum at the ancient archaeological site.

Some tourists gladly pose for a photo, then are dismayed when the costumed men demand money. The fake gladiators insist they perform a popular service and that their costumes evoke the atmosphere of ancient Rome.

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