Banner with image of Putin hung from NYC bridge

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A banner bearing an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin showing him with a Russian and Syrian flag as backdrop and labeling him a

A banner bearing an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin showing him with a Russian and Syrian flag as backdrop and labeling him a "peacemaker" hangs from the Manhattan Bridge (Photo: Nathan Tempey/Gothamist.com via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — A giant banner with an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the word "peacemaker" has been unfurled from a New York City bridge.

The banner was spotted hanging from the Brooklyn side of the Manhattan Bridge on Thursday. It shows Putin in a suit with a Russian and Syrian flag as backdrop.

Witnesses told the New York Post they saw two people unfurl the banner at about 1:45 p.m. Police say officers removed it about an hour later.

The bridge crosses the East River and connects lower Manhattan with downtown Brooklyn.

Police are investigating. There have been no arrests.

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