The inscription “Racist fish” appeared on the statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen
In Copenhagen, on the statue of the Little Mermaid, created based on the tale of Hans Christian Andersen, the inscription "Racist Fish" appeared.
“We consider this a vandalism and begin an investigation,” the Copenhagen police said.
Over the past months, Black Lives Matter has been fighting monuments of historical figures related to racist oppression.
“It’s hard for me to understand what’s racist in the Little Mermaid tale,” says Ane Groom-Schwensen, researcher at the Hans Christian Andersen Center at the University of Southern Denmark.
The Little Mermaid Statue of Edward Eriksen, created in 1913, was repeatedly subjected to vandalism. In 1964 and 1998, her head was cut off, after which another attempt was made in 1990.
Activists often use the monument to express their position. So in January 2020, the inscription “Free Hong Kong” appeared on the statue in support of protesters in Hong Kong.
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