Massive Putin banner captioned 'peacemaker' appears in New York
Same Vladmir Putin banner photo, slightly cleaned up: pic.twitter.com/1CfNsrdi9O— Kathryn Peters (@katyetc) 6 октября 2016 г.
A massive banner depicting the Russian president Vladimir Putin and the caption "peacemaker" was draped along the side of the Manhattan Bridge, NYPD spokesperson Michael DeBonis confirmed in an interview with TASS.
According to DeBonis, the portrait was removed by police officers. "I do not know exactly how long it was there, but not particularly long," he said. "We do not know who did it. No arrests have been made," DeBonis added. He declined to say whether the authorities in New York regard it as a crime or an administrative violation.
The banner featured the Russian leader in a suit and tie against the backdrop of the country’s flag along with the word "peacemaker" written at the bottom. Two green five-pointed stars on a white background are also visible, similar to those present in the flag of Syria.