The man escaped, leaving the fountain, which normally runs on a closed cycle, spouting red water. Police arrived and technicians briefly shut off the water before restoring a clear flow. It was reported that a box was found near the fountain containing leaflets by a group that claimed responsibility for the act. The leaflets said the red dye was a protest for expenses incurred in organizing the Rome Film Festival and symbolically referred to the event's red carpet. Experts said the baroque fountain was not permanently damaged and the marble statues depicting the sea deity Neptune on his chariot had not absorbed the color.
Apparently we have a copycat where I work although no one has claimed responsibility nor made any signs of protest! As you can see they have also added soap a time or two.