Climate activists dyed Rome’s Trevi Fountain black: “Our country is dying”

Several activists against the climate crisis threw this Sunday a black liquid in the water of the monumental Rome Trevi Fountainone of the symbols of the city, and unfurled a banner in which demanded to stop investing in fossil fuels.

The liquid thrown into the water of this monument is presumably liquid coalthe same one used in other similar actions such as the Barcaccia fountain in the Roman Spanish Steps or that of the Four Rivers by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in Piazza Navona.

A dozen young people entered the water of the jewel of the Baroque to warn that “our country is dying” due to the climate crisis and pointed out as one of its consequences the floods in Emilia-Romagna, in northern Italy, which have caused 14 deaths and 36,600 displaced persons.

The Police went to the place to arrest them, entering the water to take them out one by one.while tourists who visited the monument reacted with insults and booing to your action.

Ultima Generazione activists at the Trevi Fountain (via AFP) (HANDOUT/)
A photo taken and issued as a handout on May 21, 2023 by environmental activists of Last Generation (Ultima Generazione) shows the group's activist holding a banner reading
The protest targeted the fossil fuel industry (AFP) (HANDOUT /)

The mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri, asked on his social networks to end “these absurd attacks on our artistic heritage” like the mythical Fontana, which in 2015 saw its restoration and cleaning completed after a year and a half of work.

“Today the Trevi Fountain has been vandalized. Your recovery will be expensive and complex and we hope there will be no permanent damage. I invite the activists to measure themselves in a field of debate without putting the monuments at risk, ”asked the councilor.

He group “Last Generation” (Last Generation) claimed responsibility for the action on his Instagram profile and He called for “blocking public subsidies for fossil fuels and turning the spotlight on the climate meltdown we are headed for.”

A photo taken and issued as a handout on May 21, 2023 by environmental activists of Last Generation (Ultima Generazione) shows the group's activist holding banners reading
The tourists booed the protesters (HANDOUT /)

It is not the first time that the group of activists has attacked heritage with actions like these.

On April 1, they poured Black tint on the historic Barcaccia fountain in Rome’s Spanish Stepsbuilt between 1626 and 1629. Before that, on March 17, two other young people stained the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, seat of the town hall, with orange paint, and were arrested by the mayor himself, Dario Nardella.

last november Soup was thrown at a Van Gogh painting. from a temporary exhibition in Rome and stained with paint the “The Finger” of Maurizio Cattelan in front of the Milan Stock Exchange, as well as the equestrian sculpture of Vittorio Emanuele II in front of the Duomo or cathedral of that city.

Two activists are on trial in the Vatican Court for damaging the base of this Laocoön sculpture with glue during a protest.

The Italian Government has approved a bill that will punish the perpetrators of acts of vandalism against works of art, monuments or heritage with fines of up to 60,000 euros or criminal sanctions.

(With information from EFE)

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