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Putin 'Peacemaker' banner hung from Manhattan Bridge

"They definitely were lacking in stage management experience," a witness said of the people spotted hanging the banner.

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.

​"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."

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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.

 
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