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The UNITA, União Nacional para a Independência Total de
Angola (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola), fought since
1975 a bloody civil war against the recognized government of MPLA. UNITA
is older than that, of course, and its flag was already flown before independence.
With peace slowly returning to Angola, it may be also the source of co-inspiration
for a still unheard of but anyway predictable, new flag.
Antonio Martins, 30 June 1997
The colours of the UNITA flag are: green Pantone 340 (CMYK 100-0-69-15,
RGB 0-136-94, browser safe RGB 0-153-102)
Stuart Notholt,10 Jan 1996
Since the image from the UNITA homepage
appears to be more accurate than the one from Flagmaster (originally
drawn by Stuart), even if there is little substantive difference, I remade
the UNITA flag.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 Jun 2002
The second party in the sitting Angolan Parliament is UNITA (União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola, that is, National Union for the Total Independence of Angola), with 77 MPs. The flag is well-known: a horizontal triband of RVR with a rising sun and a black cock in the central band. A website can be found at this address.
Jonas Savimbi, the leader of UNITA, was killed during a fight with Angolese
goverment troops. The reporter of "France-Inter" said that Savimbi's nicknames
was "the Black Rooster". The flag of UNITA includes a black rooster. This
is probably not a coincidence, but I am wondering if Savimbi was nicknamed
after the flag or if the flag was made "canting" by adding the leader's
Ivan Sache, 23 Feb 2002
That's a reporter's goof. Savimbi was never known as the black rooster,
it was the *movement* he led that had that nickname. The origin is, naturally,
its symbol, pre-eminently featured in the flag. Savimbi did have a nickname,
though. Or a couple of them. His supporters called him "pai-velho",
i.e., "old-father"; his opponents called him "bandit".
Jorge Candeias, 25 Feb 2002