Police To Investigate Greta Thunberg Effigy Found Hanging By Noose In Rome
Italian authorities have opened an investigation after an effigy of Greta Thunberg was found hanging by a noose from a bridge in Rome.
Pictures of the disturbing model, which depicted the 16-year-old climate activist with a poncho and long plaits like those worn by the teenager, soon began circulating on social media.
The stunt has been slammed by politicians who condemned the violence the effigy was promoting, with Rome’s mayor Virginia Raggi expressing her ‘solidarity’ with Greta and her family.
In a post shared to Twitter, the mayor described the act as ‘shameful’, before saying the city’s commitment to the climate will not stop.
Raggi shared a picture of the mannequin alongside her message, which showed the effigy holding a sign written in English reading ‘Greta is your God’.
The Secretary of the Democratic Party, Nicola Zingaretti, also condemned the act of ‘gruesome violence’, adding: ‘We strongly condemn this gesture of those who do not respect ideas when they do not share them.’
According to Italian newspaper la Republica, a group called ‘The Awake’ have since claimed responsibility for the effigy, posting on social media about their actions.
They reportedly wrote:
We hanged Greta Thunberg in Rome. The dummy has its face and even its braids. Other actions will follow.
Italian officials said an inquiry into ‘aggravated threats’ had been opened on Monday (October 7), the MailOnline reports.
The shocking effigy comes just two weeks after the young climate activist stunned the world with a powerful speech at the United Nations Climate Summit about the climate emergency we are facing.
Greta told delegates:
This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you have come to us young people for hope. How dare you.
People are suffering. People are dying and dying ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is the money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you.
For more than 30 years the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you’re doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.
Despite the teenager taking a stance when others have failed to do so, starting an important conversation about climate change and the state of our planet when world leaders have not, it seems some fully grown adults have taken a disliking to Greta.
Hence the hanging of the effigy and Donald Trump making a dig at the teenage activist – although that might just be because the 16-year-old is now the odds-on favourite to win a Nobel Peace Prize, a subject we know is a touchy one for the US president.
Ignore the haters Greta, we’re with you.
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