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Denmark’s iconic ‘Little Mermaid’ statue daubed with ‘Free Hong Kong’ graffiti

Denmark’s “Little Mermaid” sculpture – the country’s most famous landmark – was daubed with “Free Hong Kong” graffiti by vandals early on Monday.

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The 107-year-old bronze is based on the fairytale by Denmark’s Hans Christian Andersen.

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A protest on Sunday. Photo: Studio Incendo.

It remains a major draw for Chinese tourists in Copenhagen, attracting a million visitors per year. However, it is no stranger to vandalism and political campaigning.

The mermaid was decapitated as part of a European revolutionary movement in the 1960s, was blown up in 2003, and was draped in a burqa a year later in protest of Turkey’s bid to join the European Union.

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Protests erupted last June in Hong Kong over a now-axed extradition bill. They have escalated into sometimes violent displays of dissent against police behaviour, amid calls for democracy and anger over Beijing’s encroachment.

Denmark's iconic 'Little Mermaid' statue daubed with 'Free Hong Kong' graffiti