Mayor condemns footage of motorbike stunt in newly-restored Rome fountain but the video turns out to be years old.
Rome mayor Virginia Raggi has condemned the "disgraceful" actions of a youth who drove his motorbike into the Fountain of Frogs in the city's Coppedè district.
Raggi took to Twitter after a video of the incident was shared widely on social media on 23 November. However it turns out that the video was already several years old, as confirmed by the page Welcome to Favelas.
The video shows the young man accelerating his motorbike to send water splashing into Piazza Mincio, as his friends laughed and jeered.
Nello storico quartiere Coppedé di Roma un ragazzo è entrato con il motorino nella Fontana delle Rane, che avevamo da poco restaurato e riportato al suo splendore. Le immagini girano sulla rete in un video vergognoso. Uno schiaffo a tutta Roma, un’offesa a tutti noi cittadini. pic.twitter.com/4VFZhhy3mE
— Virginia Raggi (@virginiaraggi) November 23, 2020
Raggi slammed the stunt as "a slap in the face to all of Rome, an offence to all of us citizens."
The Fontana delle Rane, a well-known landmark in the Coppedè quarter, recently underwent its first extensive restoration since the monument's inauguration in 1924.
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Rome mayor slams motorbike stunt in Coppedè fountain but video was years old
Piazza Mincio, 00198 Roma RM, Italy