Rome's Trevi fountain runs red after Italian activist pours dye into water

REUTERS
ROME
Published 27.10.2017 09:53
Updated 27.10.2017 09:58
Local police stand by the Trevi fountain in Rome on October 26, 2017 after Italian activist Graziano Cecchini poured red dye into the pool. (AFP Photo)
Local police stand by the Trevi fountain in Rome on October 26, 2017 after Italian activist Graziano Cecchini poured red dye into the pool. (AFP Photo)

The waters of Rome's Trevi Fountain, one of Italy's top tourist attractions, turned red on Thursday after a man dumped dye into the main pool, a city official said.

Police detained the man responsible, a statement from the mayor's office said, as city officials assessed if there had been any damage to the 18th century landmark.

 Still image taken from a video obtained from social media shows a man pouring dye into the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy, October 26, 2017. (REUTERS Photo)The fountain, where tossing a coin into the pool is supposed by superstition to guarantee one's return to the eternal city, is a big tourist attraction in Rome. Actress Anita Ekberg famously frolicked in the fountain's pool in the 1960 film "La Dolce Vita".

"Acts like this demonstrate ignorance and a total lack of civic sense," Deputy Mayor Luca Bergamo said.

Italian media said the culprit was the same person who dyed the fountain red in 2007 to protest the cost to the city of hosting an international film festival.

Thursday's action took place on the opening day of Rome's 2017 film festival.

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