Who hung this giant ‘Peacemaker’ Putin banner from Manhattan bridge in New York?

A banner with an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin hangs from the Manhattan Bridge in New York City on Thursday. (Reuters)

Someone just hung a gigantic banner featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin with the word “Peacemaker” from the Manhattan Bridge in New York on Thursday. And now, the New York City police are after the one responsible for the act.

The 20 X 30 feet banner appeared on the side of the bridge between lower Manhattan and the borough of Brooklyn, featuring the Putin dressed in a suit in front of the Russian flag with the word “Peacemaker” in capital letters.

(Reuters)

The New York City Police Department received a call about the banner at 2:45 pm and the banner was removed about a half hour later, a spokesperson said.

“There are no details on why or who, it has to be investigated,” the spokesman said.

Police have made no arrests but are looking at surveillance video on the bridge and in nearby areas to identify a suspect.

In a similar incident in 2014, a large Palestinian flag was suspended from the Manhattan Bridge by solidarity groups during a protest march across the nearby Brooklyn Bridge.

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