Famous Little Mermaid statue in Denmark is vandalised

Famous Little Mermaid statue in Denmark is vandalised with ‘Racist Fish’ graffiti – leaving entire country baffled

  • Little Mermaid statue vandalized with the words ‘racist fish’ on Friday
  • Meaning of the racist accusation has left some scratching their heads 
  • The statue is inspired by character in Hans Christian Andersen fairytale

The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, the city’s most famous monument, has been vandalized. 

Police and commentators were left puzzled Friday as to who might have done it and what their message really is.

‘We can confirm that The Little Mermaid has been vandalised some time before 9:00 am this morning,’ Copenhagen police said in a statement.

‘An unknown person has written the words ‘Racist Fish’ on it. We are investigating the case.’

A graffiti reading “Racist Fish” is seen on a statue of “The Little Mermaid” in Copenhagen, Denmark July 3

Danish police officers take pictures of the base of the Little Mermaid statue after it was vandalised

Stickers attached to the iconic ‘Little Mermaid’ statue after the rock that serves as its plinth appeared with the message ‘Racist Fish’ in English spray painted on it overnight in Copenhagen, Denmark

The Little Mermaid, inspired by a character in Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairytale of the same name, is a 175-kilogram (385-pound) statue by sculptor Edvard Eriksen.

The statue has been vandalised numerous times over the years, including when the mermaid’s head was stolen in 1964 and 1998, as well as when an arm was cut off in 1984.

Often the vandalism is tied to a political message and in January someone painted ‘Free Hong Kong’ on the same rock.

The Little Mermaid, inspired by a character in Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairytale of the same name, is a 175-kilogram (385-pound) statue by sculptor Edvard Eriksen

The meaning of the apparent racist accusation has however so far left some scratching their heads.

‘Of course in general with literary works, you can read them with various glasses,’ Ane Grum-Schwensen, an expert employed by the H.C. Andersen centre at the University of Southern Denmark, told broadcaster TV2.

‘However, I do find it a little difficult to see, what would be especially racist in the adventure ‘The Little Mermaid,’ she added.

According to police other statues around Copenhagen have also been vandalised with ‘various phrases.’ 

The statue has been vandalised numerous times over the years, including when the mermaid’s head was stolen in 1964 and 1998, as well as when an arm was cut off in 1984

One of missionary Hans Egede, who launched Lutheran mission efforts to Greenland, and one of Mahatma Gandhi in the northwestern part of the city.

Police also said that on June 16, someone had written ‘racist’ on a statue of Danish King Christian IV, who ruled between 1588 and 1648.

Statues of historical figures in many countries have come under fire from activists protesting racism following the May 25 death of George Floyd, an African-American killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

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