Greta Thunberg Effigy Hanging From Roman Bridge Decried as 'Shameful' by City's Mayor

An effigy of 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg found hanging from a bridge in Rome was denounced by officials including the city's mayor, who called it "shameful."

Photos of the effigy showed it had two braids like Thunberg, and it reportedly had a sign stating, "Greta is your God."

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi pledged the solidarity of her city to Thunberg and her family.

"Shameful the effigy of @GretaThunberg found hanging from a bridge in our city," Raggi tweeted in Italian, according to a translation. "To her and her family, my solidarity and that of the whole @Rome. Our climate commitment does not stop."

Vergognoso il manichino di @GretaThunberg ritrovato appeso a un ponte nella nostra città. A lei e alla sua famiglia la mia solidarietà e quella di tutta @Roma. Il nostro impegno sul clima non si ferma.

— Virginia Raggi (@virginiaraggi) October 7, 2019

Italy's environment minister Sergio Costa also shared the photo of the effigy and called it a "criminal act" and "unacceptable."

"The puppet found hanging on a bridge of #Rome offends and insults @GretaThunberg," he tweeted, according to a translation. "Each of us, every citizen committed to the #Climate and #Planet, and beyond, must feel afflicted. It is an unacceptable and criminal act." Costa added that the country would unite with Thunberg.

Nicola Zingaretti, leader of Italy's Democratic Party, said the effigy hanging was "gruesome violence" against Thunberg.

"We strongly condemn this gesture from those who do not respect ideas they do not agree with," Zingaretti tweeted in Italian, according to a translation.

The effigy is under investigation.

Italian officials criticized the Thunberg effigy as climate protests erupted in Rome on Monday as part of the Extinction Rebellion's effort to urge the local and national government to work harder for climate and ecological justice. The group's Twitter profile states it is a "non-violent Rebellion against the governments of the world for climate and ecological justice."

As of early afternoon Monday, Thunberg had not tweeted addressing the effigy. She did, however, retweet a couple of posts by the Extinction Rebellion, including one calling people to action: "If not now, when? If not you, who? We need #EverybodyNow! #TheTimeIsNow."

Greta Thunberg Effigy Rome
Teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivers brief remarks surrounded by other student environmental advocates during a strike to demand action be taken on climate change outside the White House on September 13, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Sarah Silbiger/Getty

Thunberg at the United Nations' Climate Action Summit last month accused global leaders of failing the younger generations by not doing enough to fight climate change.

"This is all wrong," Thunberg said in her speech. "I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope? How dare you!"

Her strong words got the attention of leaders including President Donald Trump, who mocked her by tweeting, "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future." Thunberg responded by briefly changing her Twitter profile description to, "A very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future."