Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro’s iconic symbol and one of the Seven Wonders of the World was vandalized with graffiti. The statue which sits atop Corcovado mountain and overlooks all of Rio de Janeiro has been under renovation and is covered with scaffolding which the vandals used to climb the 130 foot statue and write graffiti on the head and face of the Christ statue. The graffiti translates to “When the cat’s away, the rats will play“. Rio de Janeiro’s mayor, Eduardo Paes, promises the “criminals will pay for what they’ve done. They will go to jail. Rio de Janeiro and Brazil do not deserve this”.
The route to Christ the Redeemer or Cristo Redentor atop Corcovado mountain has been closed due to the recent heavy rain and mudslides and renovation on the statue is scheduled to continue for the next few months.
The company renovating the statue has already removed the graffiti.
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