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Italian government under fire after Rome museum theft


Rome, April 2 - A robbery over the Easter weekend
at Rome's Villa Giulia Etruscan museum led to calls Tuesday for
improved measures to secure Italy's culture ministry.
"It took a multimillion (euro) theft to point attention to
one of the longstanding problems that weigh on the management,
protection and safety" of Italy's cultural sites, said Giuseppe
Urbino, the national secretary of the Confsal Unsa Beni
Culturali union.
Late Saturday, robbers stole dozens of rare items,
including ancient jewelry.
"Thefts have become routine, but never has any minister -
at least in the last 20 years - tried to carry out a healthy
safety policy".
The union leader pointed the finger at spending cuts,
following outgoing Premier Mario Monti's "spending review",
which have left few resources for training, security upgrades
and personnel, with many museum guards performing double shifts.
"The management class at the culture ministry has
demonstrated incompetence, and it is also for this reason that
something must change in order to help culture in our 'bel
paese' rise again," Urbino said.

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