Rome Newsroom, Nov 27, 2020 / 09:00 am
A statue of the Virgin Mary in a public square in a suburb of Venice, Italy, was vandalized Thursday night.
"The head was decapitated and the hands of the monument lopped off" in the early hours of Nov. 26, according to a notice from the City of Venice.
The statue is located in a greenspace at the center of a roundabout in the Venice municipality of Marghera. The act was caught on video surveillance cameras and the perpetrator has been identified and stopped by police.
Luigi Brugnaro, the mayor of Venice, called the act of vandalism "a gesture that offends our city, our history and our values."