Vandals cover Copenhagen's famous Little Mermaid with red paint

The Little Mermaid was created in tribute to the Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen.

An accompanying message on the ground reading in English: "Danmark defend the whales of the Faroe Islands".

Copenhagen police acknowledged the incident on Twitter, stating: "The Little Mermaid was targeted by vandalism".

Copenhagen's world famous statue of The Little Mermaid is pictured after it has been exposed to vandalism and was painted red on May 30, 2017. "Have a good day". Faroe Island authorities allow locals to hunt pilot whales during the summer by luring them into shallow waters and stabbing them to death.

"National treasures like this should be left well alone".

The police don't have a theory as of yet, but suggest that the paint attack could be politically motivated.

Vandals cover Copenhagen's famous Little Mermaid with red paint

"I am not going to get involved in what political opinions people have".

He added that CCTV in the area should be considered to protect the Little Mermaid.

Denmark's most iconic landmark was subjected to an overnight act of vandalism as part of a whaling protest. The mermaid's head was stolen in 1964 and 1988 and her arm was cut off in 1984.

In 1998 the statue was decapitated again while in 2003 it was knocked off its rock by explosives, and in 2007 it was dressed in a burqa and head scarf. This followed a failed attempt in 1990, which left the Little Mermaid with an 18cm gash in her neck.

This is not the first time the statue has been vandalised.

In recent years, the Little Mermaid has been dressed in a burqa in protest of Turkey's application to join the European Union, as well as defaced with a sex toy on International Women's Day.

  • Leroy Wright