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Bolivian political flags

Last modified: 2000-09-30 by antonio martins
Keywords: bolivia | izquierda unida | iu | eje | pacha kuti | revolution | star: 5 points (yellow) |
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United Left / Izquierda Unida

[Flag of Izquierda Unida]
by Jorge Candeias, 26 Jun 1999

The flag of Izquerda Unida (United Left) party / coalition is a horizontal tricolour of yellow red and green with the symbol centered, which consists of the bolivian map in white outlined black containing the letters "IU" in red, except the dot of the "I", which is yellow with a green ring, and the name below in yellow: "IZQUIERDA UNIDA". The overall proportions are about 1:2. This flag is obviously based on the 1826 bolivian flag. Speculating a bit, I’d say that it has something to do with the wish for a connection with revolution and revolutionnary movements as part of the world's left-wing immaginary.
Jorge Candeias, 26 Jun 1999

The party website is at
Dov Gutterman, 05 Nov 1998

Revolution / Pacha Kuti

[Pacha Kuti #1]
by António Martins, 22 Nov 1998

This party is indeed amerindian based and the complete name is Eje Pacha Kuti — "eje" meaning "axis" and "pacha kuti" is an aymara word meaning a change between two phases of a cycle — "revolution" in it's broader, cosmogonic sense. There is also another flag at the site, red over black with yellow star and lettering "pacha kuti" bellow, in a squarish face. This flag follows a distinctly anarchist / communist pattern.
António Martins, 11 May 1999 and 22 Nov 1998

The party website is at
Dov Gutterman, 05 Nov 1998

[Pacha Kuti #2]
by António Martins, 11 May 1999

There is also a variant which is red over black with a yellow star in the center and the party name in big yellow letters below the star on the yellow stripe.
Dov Gutterman, 23 Nov 1998

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