Climate activists on Thursday daubed
mud on the outside of St Mark's Basilica in Venice in an act of
protest they called "a fire alarm".
The protesters used fire extinguishers to spray liquid mud on the church walls, then unfurled a banner reading 'repair fund'.
"We are here to sound the fire alarm,' said the activists.
"This is a non-violent protest. Venice is sinking because our governments have not taken action against the climate crisis," they continued.
"Today those of you who are here to take photos and visit this church are privileged. You are the last ones who will be able to see this church above sea level," they concluded.
A French tourist and her daughter joined the protest before Digos officers arrived at the scene.
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