Iconic fountains in Birmingham painted red by pro-Palestinian protesters

The iconic fountains in Birmingham city center were painted red today, May 15, by protesters. Water was left running bright red at the Chamberlain Square and Victoria Square fountains in the city centre.

The group Palestine Action said they painted over the fountains “to symbolize Britain’s continued complicity in the genocide of Palestinians”. The move comes after Palestine Action said it had targeted several sites in the country today, including a “lockdown” at a factory in Staffordshire that makes drone engines.

The Direct Action group said it was targeting sites to mark 76 years since the start of the “Nakba” – the term used to describe the moment when Palestinians were expelled from their homes during the 1948 war. A spokesman for Palestine Action told BirminghamLive: “Birmingham’s fountains have been painted red to symbolize Britain’s continued complicity in the genocide of Palestinians.

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On May 15, Palestine Action painted the fountains in Chamberlain Square and Victoria Square in Birmingham city center red. (Image: Palestine Action)

“Today, we commemorate 76 years since the Nakba, a process of ethnic cleansing that began in 1948 and has now culminated in the ongoing genocide in Gaza.” They added that Britain was complicit in forcing Palestinians from their homes in 1948 and continued this complicity through diplomatic, financial and military links.