Members of the Extinction Rebellion
(XR) group on Saturday dumped fluorescein, a harmless substance,
into Venice's Grand Canal to dye its waters green, in a stunt
aimed at highlighting the need to address the climate crisis,
while the COP28 conference takes place in Dubai.
Some of the protesters also used ropes and harnesses to hang from Rialto Bridge and display a banner criticizing the Italian government.
"'COP28: while the government talks, we hang by a thread," the banner read.
The protest comes just two days after another climate civil-disobedience group, Ultima Generazione (UG - Last Generation), sprayed a mix of mud and chocolate over Venice's Saint Mark's Basilica.
XR also dyed the waters of the Naviglio Grande canal in Milan and of the rivers of Rome, Turin and Bologna on Saturday.
The group said they were using "a harmless dye to denounce the umpteenth political failure of COP28 and of the world's governments to combat the climate crisis and the sixth mass extinction.
"In a few hours these waters will be back to how they were before.
"In the meantime, while the governments talk, we count the damage and the victims of continual floods and fires".
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