The water of the Grand Canal in Venice glows green – and the reasons are still unclear. It is possible that this is a protest action. However, the color is not dangerous.
Venice – The authorities are faced with a mystery, because on Sunday the water of the lagoon city shone in striking color. A shimmering green liquid lay on the water surface of the Grand Canal at the Rialto Bridge, a favorite attraction of tourists in the city of Venice in Italy. The reasons are still unclear, a protest action is not ruled out.
Venice: Green color in the Grand Canal probably harmless
The president of the Veneto Region, Luca Zaia, said on Twitter that the Prefect of Local Security had called an emergency meeting with the police to determine the cause of the "veil of bright green liquid". Together with the environmental protection agency Arpa Veneto, the fire brigade said it had taken samples to examine them. The evaluation of the samples has determined that it is likely to be a coloring organic agent that is used in water inspections or in speleology, Zaia announced on Monday on Twitter. There is no risk of water pollution in Venice.
According to research: Green color in the Grand Canal is not dangerous. © picture alliance/dpa/AP | Luigi Costantini
Protest actions: Unclear whether it is an action by climate activists
The reasons for the appearance of the green color remain unclear. No person or group has yet claimed responsibility for the deliberate discoloration of the water. Zaia nevertheless criticised the fact that Venice had become a "stage for action". According to the local newspaper La Nouva Venezia, the police are investigating whether it was actually a protest action by climate activists. Just last weekend, a group of activists stained the water of the Trevi Fountain in Rome black with biochar.
A discoloration of the Grand Canal as a protest action would not be the first. As early as 1968, the artist Nicolás Garcia Uriburu from Argentina colored the water green. He wanted to draw attention to water pollution. (dpa/hk)