A statue of the Little Mermaid has been targeted by vandals and branded with the words “racist fish” in Denmark’s capital of Copenhagen.
The iconic landmark sits at the entrance of Copenhagen harbour and was targeted by vandals overnight on Thursday into Friday.
Vandals branded the Little Mermaid statue, which has been targeted numerous times, with the words “racist fish” and stuck stickers to her nipples.
Police and citizens were left puzzled as to who might have done it and what their core message is.
In a statement, Copenhagen Police said they’re investigating the defacing of the Little Mermaid and are considering it as vandalism.
Copenhagen Police said: “We can confirm that The Little Mermaid has been vandalised some time before 9:00 am this morning.
“An unknown person has written the words ‘Racist Fish’ on it.
“We are investigating the case.”
The Little Mermaid Statue in the city is an iconic landmark and has been defaced several times, including being decapitated.
In 1964 and 1998 the mermaid’s head was stone, as well as an arm cut off in 1984.
The statue is inspired by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairytale.
The racist association accusation has left commentators baffled, as it has not been a target of such claims before.
Ane Grum-Schwensen, an expert employed by the H.C. Andersen centre at the University of Southern Denmark, told broadcaster TV2: “Of course in general with literary works, you can read them with various glasses.
“However, I do find it a little difficult to see, what would be especially racist in the adventure The Little Mermaid.”