Ball protest bounces wrong way for Italian

ROME, April 27 (UPI) -- 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.

Vittorio Sgarbi, a prominent Italian art critic and former culture chief of Milan, praised Cecchini's effort, saying "anarchy is a typical feature of contemporary art."

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