Italian authorities have today opened an investigation after an effigy of teen climate activist Greta Thunberg was found hanging by a noose from a bridge in Rome.
Images posted on social media showed an effigy with a poncho and long braids with a sign written in English reading ‘Greta is your God’.
Italian officials said an inquiry into ‘aggravated threats’ had been opened on Monday.
Politicians slammed the stunt with Rome’s mayor Virginia Raggi expressing the city’s ‘solidarity’ with the Thunberg family in a message on Twitter.
Leftist PD party leader Nicola Zingaretti condemned the ‘grisly violence’ and said the party does not respect the values shared by those responsible for the effigy.
The 16-year-old Swedish activist hit international headlines after she launched a ‘Fridays For Future’ campaign last year, calling for students across the globe to protest outside their parliaments to demand climate action.
Last month she made a blistering speech at the United Nations in New York where she made an emotional plea for world leaders to intervene in what she perceives is a climate emergency.
Ms Thunberg told the UN conference: ‘This is all wrong. 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?’
She added: ‘You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.’
Last week Ms Thunberg slammed her ‘haters’ who mocked her appearance and autism on social media as being ‘threatened’ by her.
She has been tipped as a possible winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.