Pompeii protest. Government accused as house collapses
Financial Times 8/11/2010
Archaeologists, commentators and opposition politicians accused Italy's government of neglect and mismanagement on Sunday over the collapse of the 2,000-year-old House of the Gladiators In the ruins of ancient Pompeii, writes Reuters in Rome. Some commentators said the World Heritage site should be privatised because the government had shown it was incapable of protecting it. The stone house collapsed on Saturday while Pompeii was closed to visitors. The structure was believed to be where gladiators gathered and trained. La Repubblica newspapers called the collapse a 'world scandal' and blamed the government for putting unqualified people in charge and for cutting funds for Italy's cultural heritage.