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Rome’s famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi has been dyed black by a group of climate activists.

The group, known as Ultimate Generazione or Last Generation, described the contents as “a charcoal-based black liquid”.

On their website, the group says “Without water, there is no life and with rising temperatures, we are exposed to drought on the one hand and floods on the other”.

The activists wore orange vests when they got into the fountain. Standing waist deep, they unfolded their orange banners with the words in Italian “Our future is as black as this water” written on it.

Crowds, many of them tourists who came to the fountain to take photos of it, instead took photos of the activists.

CNN reports that it is believed to be the same group of climate activists that led protests at other Italian historical sites.

These sites included the Baraccia fountain at the bottom of the world-famous Spanish steps in the middle of Rome. The activists poured black liquid into that fountain on 1 April.

Members of the Ultimate Generazione group were arrested by Italian police for defacing a public monument.

Image credit: CNN  

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