Images of Manneken Pis covered in yellow paint first surfaced on social media on Sunday. The Brussels-Capital-Elsene Local Police Spokeswoman Carla Lonneville told the Brussels regional news platform Bruzz that "It is true that the statue has been vandalised”.
Rumours have been circulating that there is a possible link between the vandalism and a party held in Brussels to celebrate Sunday’s Catalan National Day. However,, the police are unable to confirm whether these rumours are true.
Ms Lonneville told Bruzz that "There are a lot of cameras pointing at the statue. We are analysing the footage from them, and an investigation has been opened”.