Rome mayor heckled at traffic fine hearing - update 2

Marino says he paid fines, won't step down

(ANSA) - Rome, November 18 - Some members of the public disguised as clowns on Tuesday heckled Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino as he entered a city council hearing on his allegedly unpaid traffic fines.
    "Resign, resign," they shouted. The mayor said he "paid the fines, even though they were not his to pay", and went on to apologize for parking in a no-parking spot.
    "As far as I'm concerned, I won't resign and there are no early elections on the horizon," he said.
    Eight 80-euro fines were slapped on Marino's car after he allegedly forgot to renew a permit, but the mayor says someone deleted from the system his authorization to drive his red Fiat Panda to work while his permit was being renewed.
    The incident came to light earlier this month after opposition New Centre Right (NCD) Senator Andrea Augelio accused authorities of "freezing" the fines as a favor to the center-left mayor, who has incensed many by extending pedestrian zones in Rome's historic center and removing free parking spots.
    Marino, who is from Premier Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party, has also incurred the wrath of the right by taking strong stands in favor of gay marriage and immigrant integration.
   

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