Copenhagen Police said the incident happened in the early hours of Monday. According to a police spokesperson, the area was searched using police dogs, and officers are currently reviewing CCTV footage.
“Free Hong Kong” sign appeared on the base of the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen on Monday.
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That bill has since been shelved, but the protests have morphed into something bigger, with activists calling for greater democracy and an inquiry into allegations of policy brutality.
The “Free Hong Kong” slogan is often seen on posters carried by the protesters.
It’s not the first time the vandalism targeting the Little Mermaid has turned political.
In 2017, vandals poured red paint over the statue and wrote “Danmark (sic) defend the whales of the Faroe Islands” on the ground in front of it.
The figure depicted in the sculpture was inspired by ballerina Ellen Price, who danced the lead role in the ballet The Little Mermaid at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen in 1909.
Price posed for sculptor Edvard Eriksen, but refused to model in the nude. Therefore, Eriksen modeled the mermaid’s head on Price and her body on his wife Eline, who posed for him.
The sculpture was gifted to the city of Copenhagen by the Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen in 1913. Jacobsen was the son of the founder of the Carlsberg brewery and oversaw the company’s expansion.