Climate activists attack Rome’s Trevi Fountain, pour vegetable charcoal in water
Rome: Climate activists poured liquid charcoal into the Trevi fountain water to turn it black
Rome’s iconic tourist spot Trevi Fountain was sabotaged by climate activists amid protests to save the planet Earth and spread the word about climate change.
On Sunday, an Italy-based climate protesters group called Ultima Generazione (Last Generation) dumped vegetable charcoal into it, shouting, "our country is dying!"
The activists demanding an end to public subsidies for fossil fuels. During the protest, they held up signs that read, “we won’t pay for fossil (fuels).”
The protest was carried out following the deadly northeast floods that have killed 14 people. The protestors called the natural catastrophe "a warning".
Rome’s Trevi Fountain
The iconic attraction was completed in 1762 and since, it has been among the top tourist destinations. Besides that, the fountain holds great significance in bringing reliable drinking water to Romans.
Following the charcoal contamination, the mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri, tweeted, “today 9 activists poured charcoal into #FontanadiTrevi.”
“Thanks to the timely intervention of the local police, the worst was avoided. An intervention is now needed that will commit public resources and lead to the waste of 300,000 liters of water,” he added.
Following the incident, the protestors were pulled out by police. However, the protestors said the carbon liquid did not damage the fountain.