By DEBORA REY
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — About 150 Argentines protesting city subsidies for Roman Catholic schools invaded the Buenos Aires cathedral and occupied it for four hours of raucous drum beating.
Tuesday's takeover forced the cancellation of a special Mass in honor of the Vatican conclave to elect a new pope.
Buenos Aires provided $262 million in subsidies to private schools of all types last year.
The Popular Dignity Movement calls that a misuse of public funds. It says the money should be spent instead to address deteriorating conditions in public schools and to open new schools in the booming slums around Argentina's capital.
The protest lasted until city officials agreed to meet with protesters.
Church spokesman Federico Wals told The Associated Press that it was a shame Tuesday's protest forced the Mass to be canceled.Tags: