Effigy Of 16-Year-Old Girl Found Hanging From Bridge
An effigy of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has been suspended from a bridge in Rome.
The roughly made model was dressed in a yellow poncho and features her trademark long double braids. A sign that reads 'Greta is your God' in English was attached to the doll.
Roma Police have launched an investigation after images of the effigy were shared on social media.
Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi condemned the act, saying she stood in solidarity with Thunberg -- who is just 16-- as she fights for the climate.
"Shameful the mannequin of Greta Thunberg found hanging from a bridge in our city. To her and her family my solidarity and that of the whole of Rome [sic]. Our climate commitment does not stop," Raggi wrote on Twitter.
The effigy incident comes amid global protests by organsiation Extinction Rebellion who are currently staging a series of demonstrations across the globe, lobbying governments to change climate policy.
More than 100 people were arrested in Australia on the second day of the protests on Tuesday. Extinction Rebellion disrupted commuters in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane by blocking roads and pathways.
More than 270 protesters were arrested in London during the first day of the demonstrations. Rallies were also held in major cities across Europe including Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Madrid and Rome.
Greta Thunberg led the most recent global climate strike in September by delivering an emotional speech to the United Nations. In her passionate address, she called out world leaders for their failure to make effective climate policies.
"People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you," Thunberg said in her speech.
Greta has been criticised by some world leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump appeared to mock the teenager, tweeting that she seemed like a "happy young girl" in response to her UN speech.
"She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!" he tweeted.
At the beginning of October, Vladimir Putin referred to Thunberg as "a kind but poorly informed teenager".
In response, Thunberg changed her Twitter bio to read exactly that.
Thunberg has not responded to the incident involving the effigy.
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