Seeing red over fountain vandalism

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. Police detained the man, a statement from the mayor's office said, as city officials assessed if there had
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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. Police detained the man, a statement from the mayor's office said, as city officials assessed if there had been any damage to the 18th-century landmark. 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. Italian media said the culprit was the same person who dyed the fountain red in 2007 to protest against the cost to the city of hosting an international film festival. His latest action took place on the opening day of Rome's 2017 film festival.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2017, with the headline 'Seeing red over fountain vandalism'. Print Edition | Subscribe