A banner with a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the word "Peacemaker" was unfurled on the Manhattan Bridge on Thursday afternoon, according to reports.
The Manhattan bridge, right now. (Vladimir Putin, peacemaker???) pic.twitter.com/ri0CIvpTX9— Kathryn Peters (@katyetc) October 6, 2016
This just dropped on the Manhattan Bridge. Living in some weird and scary times. pic.twitter.com/ry9XvxBYcW— You Bred Raptors? (@YouBredRaptors) October 6, 2016
"It took them a while," a witnesstold Gothamist, referring to the people who hung the flag. "They were kind of fumbling with it. They definitely were lacking in stage management experience."
The banner was hung on the northside of the bridge before 2 p.m.; witnesses who tweeted photos wrote that the act was done by two men,PIX11reported. PIX11also speculated that the flag might be connected to a 2014 pop-up shop in Gramercythat sold Peacemaker Putin gear in an effort to "show the heroic" side of the Russian leader.
The flag was removed by police before 3 p.m., according to Gothamist.