Greta Thunberg speaks at the COP24 on climate change in Katowice, Poland.
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  • An effigy of Greta Thunberg sporting her trademark pigtails was hung from a bridge in Rome on Monday.
  • According to La Repubblica newspaper, the effigy was accompanied with a sign that read "Greta is your God!"
  • The Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi condemned the act as "shameful" and said "efforts with the climate don't stop here."
  • Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden recently delivered a powerful speech to world leaders at the UN in an attempt to rally member nations to take actions that will slow the effects of climate change.
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An effigy of 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was hung from a bridge in Rome on Monday.

The mannequin was hung from a highway bridge close to Rome's main international airport Fiumicino, and sported Thunberg's trademark pigtails, as well as what appeared to be a yellow raincoat.

The mayor of Rome Virgina Raggi condemned the act in a tweet that said it was "shameful," and expressed her solidarity with Thunberg and her family.

The tweet reads: "The Greta Thunberg dummy found hanging from a bridge in our city is shameful. My solidarity is with her, her family and all of Rome. Our efforts with the climate [change] don't stop here."

There was also an accompanying sign which read "Greta is Your God!" according to Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

La Repubblica reported that a group calling itself "The Awake" claimed responsibility for the stunt, writing in a Facebook post "We hanged Greta Thunberg in Rome."

The effigy was removed from the bridge by firefighters and local police, La Repubblica said.

The hanging of an effigy of Thunberg comes as people around the world launch protests against climate change, with protesters from the group Extinction Rebellion aiming to cause large scale disruption in London this week.

Thunberg recently delivered a powerful speech to world leaders at the UN in an attempt to rally member nations to take actions that will slow the effects of climate change.

Insider's Associate Translation Editor, Ruqayyah Moynihan, contributed reporting

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