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Huge banner praising Putin as a 'peacemaker' appears on Manhattan Bridge


"Everybody thought it was interesting, but nobody really got it."

CBS New York

In yet another bizarre twist in this election season, a huge banner apparently praising Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "peacemaker" was seen hanging from New York's Manhattan Bridge Thursday afternoon.

The banner, which was 20 feet by 30 feet, appeared over the bridge shortly before 2 p.m. and was removed by law enforcement officers roughly one hour later. It was not immediately clear who put the banner there, or why.

"Everybody thought it was interesting, but nobody really got it. Nobody understood the political message or whatever message was behind it," Heath Raymond, who works in Dumbo, told the New York Post.

Quinn Formel, 27, whose Dumbo office faces Manhattan, told the Post she saw two guys "struggling for a little bit" to get the banner up.

While the meaning behind it may have been unclear, it's certainly not the first time such a stunt has been pulled on the famous bridge. In 2014, activists hoisted a Palestinian flag on the bridge during a march in support of Gaza.

Later the same year, two German artists made their way to the top of the Manhattan Bridge, removed the two U.S. flags, and replaced them with bleached white flags.

Police have so far made no arrests in association with the hanging of the large Putin flag.

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