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Movement for the Independence of the Canaries

[Movimiento Pro-Independencia de Canarias (Canary Islands, Spain)]
by Jaume Ollé

In the 1950s was born the first independence movement, named Movimiento Pro-Independencia de Canarias, that used a flag based on the provincial maritime ensigns. (After 1927 there were two maritime provinces, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with a blue flag, and white saltire; and the province of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a blue and yellow flag divided diagonally from the lower hoist to the upper fly.)

Jaume Ollé, 13 December 1996

Independent Republic of the Atlantic

[Independent Republic of the Atlantic (Canary Islands, Spain), proposal]
by Jaume Ollé

Another movement of this time proposed the creation of the Independent Republic of the Atlantic (in Spanish República Independiente del Atlántico that used a very attractive flag also based on the provincial maritime ensigns, and including the seven stars (in red).

Jaume Ollé, 13 December 1996

It was a Canarian independentist movement based in Venezuela. Their influence in the islands was very scarce.

Jaume Ollé, 21 August 1999

Free Canary Islands

[Canarias Libre (Canary Islands, Spain)]
by Jaume Ollé

In 1961 was born the "Free Canary Islands" movement (Canarias Libre) that used (for the first time on 8 September 1961) the current colours but with different proportions.

Jaume Ollé, 13 December 1996

Movimiento por la Autodeterminación y la Independencia del Archipielago Canario (MPAIAC) / Congreso Nacional Canario (CNC)

Movement for Self-Determination and Independence of the Canary Archipelago / Canary National Congress

[Independentist flag (Canary Islands, Spain)]
by Jorge Candeias

The MPAIAC led by Antonio Cubillo, who was exiled in Algiers, adopted on 22nd October 1964 the same flag as the Free Canary Islands but in equal bands and with seven green stars in the central blue. The flag was very popular and was adopted for the pre-autonomous government but without the stars.

Some parties adopted the same colours in a different order. Currently the flag with the seven stars is very often used by the people, and there exists a proposal for the Communist Party of the Canary Islands.

Jaume Ollé, 13 December 1996

I received a letter from Antonio Cubillo, leader of the former MPAIAC, speaking about the symbols of the Congreso Nacional de Canarias; he reports the date of creation of the flag and expresses the symbolism according to the flag's creator.

I can see you are interested in the meaning of the Berber letter "Z" that appears in the symbol of our party, the Canary National Congress. Well, being the Canary population of Berber origin it's logical the use of that symbol by the CNC since it's creation in 1985. This Berber letter is the central character of the word amzigh, though in Berber only the consonants M Z G are written, word that means "free man". Imazighen are the free men (it's the plural of amazigh), and this is the way all Berber peoples refer to themselves.

You can also find in the CNC website the flag of the independentists of the Canaries, a vertical tricolour of white, sky blue and yellow with seven green stars in a circle in the central bar. It was created in Algiers on 22nd October 1964 as the flag of the MPAIAC and in due time it became the national flag of the Canaries, adopted by most nationalist parties. White means the water of the mountains that brings life to the land, yellow is Canary yellow like the singing birds and like the wealth of our colonized fatherland and the sky blue is the sky where are located the seven green stars that represent the seven islands with the colour green standing for hope, for we all hope to live some day free in this archipelago.

Antonio Cubillo, President of the CNC and General Secretary of the MPAIAC

Jaume Ollé, 25 April 1998

I confirm the drawing of the Canarian independentist flag, as I saw it at a Amazigh meeting a week ago. The seven green stars are in a circle, with a point toward the exterior. There is a star pointing to the bottom of the flag, so in the topmost part of the circle there are two stars pointing to NNW and NNE.

Joan-Francés Blanc, 27 April 1998

I've GIFfed what seems to be the right version of the canary islands independentist flag, according to Joan-Francés Blanc.

Jorge Candeias, 21 May 1999

About Canary independentist flag seems that the flag posted by Jorge, is in the web but only according write description. In fact according Lucien Philippe and Antonio Cubillo, the flag of MPAIAC had unequal stripes, but it is posible that during the political transition period [late 1970s through early 1980s] changed de facto. When the equal stripes were generally adopted, probably the nationalist changed definitively to the same pattern but with the stars added. So as not to confuse, the blue was sky blue (celeste). The stars are always used (personal observation from J.M. Erbez reported in my Bulletin no.7) surpassing the central stripe.

Jaume Ollé, 23 May 1999

[MPAIAC (Canary Islands, Spain)]
Incorrectly reported flag (single top -instead of bottom- star)
by Jaume Ollé

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