Fury as Greta Thunberg effigy is hung from bridge in Rome

La activista Greta Thunberg pronuncia un discurso durante una cumbre de la ONU sobre el clima el lunes 23 de septiembre de 2019 en Nueva York. (AP Foto/Jason DeCrow)

An effigy of Greta Thunberg has been found hanging from a bridge in Rome prompting outrage among climate activists taking part in worldwide Extinction Rebellion protests.

The dummy, which is dressed in a yellow poncho and has the teenager's pigtail braids with a noose tied around its neck along with a sign in English saying "Greta is your God".

Italian authorities are understood to be investigating the "aggravated threat", according to reports on Monday.

Local media reports say the effigy was strung up by a group called Gli Svegli, which means "The Awake".

Viginia Raggi, the mayor of Rome, condemned the "shameful" scene and tweeted that she stood in "solidarity" with the 16-year-old Swedish girl, who won a standing ovation after giving an impassioned speech at the United Nations, where she criticised world leaders for their current environmental policies.

Local media reports say the effigy was strung up by a group called Gli Svegli, which means The Awake in English. (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.

Activists with the Extinction Rebellion movement blocked roads across major cities worldwide on Monday, kicking off a wide-ranging series of protests demanding more urgent action be taken against climate change.

The Italian week of protests of Extinction Rebellion (XR), the international movement for ecology and climate, which in April had blocked London with occupations of roads and metro, begins on Monday, October 7 in Rome, with an "occupation" of Piazza Montecitorio. on October 7, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Andrea Ronchini/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Protests are planned in 60 cities worldwide, according to the group.

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.

She said: "People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you."

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Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a news conference at the SMILE meeting (Summer Meeting In Lausanne Europe), with other young climate strike activists from 37 European countries of the FridaysforFuture movement in Lausanne, Switzerland, August 5, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
16-year-old Swedish Climate activist Greta Thunberg attends the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Yana Paskova
16-year-old Swedish Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 23, 2019.
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg appears at the Youth Climate Summit at United Nations HQ in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, U.S., September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres shakes hands with Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg at the Youth Climate Summit at United Nations Headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, U.S., September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Sixteen year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks to a large crowd of demonstrators at the Global Climate Strike in lower Manhattan in New York, U.S., September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Sixteen year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg departs after attending a demonstration at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., September 18, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Swedish 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg sails on the Malizia II racing yacht in New York Harbor as she nears the completion of her trans-Atlantic crossing in order to attend a United Nations summit on climate change in New York, U.S., August 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Greta Thunberg, Swedish "Fridays for Future" climate activist, stands next to climbing equipment that hangs from an illegal tree house in the Hambach Forest that is supposed to be chopped away for the nearby open-cast brown coal mine of German utility RWE, west of Cologne, Germany, August 10, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, Adelaide Charlier and Alicia Arquetoux, French activists from the Youth for Climate movement, attend the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris, France, July 23, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
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Hundreds of thousands of school children and adults heeded Thunberg's call last month in a global strike ahead of a UN climate summit.

Thunberg, who is currently in the US visiting American Indian reservations in the Dakotas to talk about oil pipelines, has been tipped as a possible winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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