October 19, 2007 / 7:08 PM / 12 years ago

Waters of Rome's Trevi fountain turn red

An Italian municipal policeman stands in front of the Trevi Fountain in downtown Rome October 19, 2007. The fountain turned into a blood red pool on Friday after colouring was dumped into the water, police said. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

ROME (Reuters) - Rome’s Trevi fountain turned into a blood red pool on Friday after colouring was dumped into the water, police said.

Police found a box of leaflets nearby in which a previously unknown group called the “FTM Futuristic Action 2007” claimed responsibility. The group says it seeks to defend the unemployed, old and sick, among others.

Actress Anita Ekberg famously frolicked in the fountain’s pool in the 1960s film La Dolce Vita. Earlier this year, a 40-year-old office clerk made headlines when she swam naked in the fountain in front of a crowd of tourists.

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