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[MFM party flag] by Ivan Sache, 7 Feb 2001

MFM is 'Mpitolona ho amin'ny Fanjakan'ny Madinika' (Activists for Madagascar Progress).
The movement website says: 'MFM is not a child prodigy born durign the national uprising of May 1972. Its creation was the outcome of a harsh fight which had started in 1966 in several clandestine and official organizations, which then involved academics and former nationalist activists but also workers and farmers. Manadafy and his fellows presented the MFM in that way in their review 'Tselatra-Eclair'.
The 1972 uprising ended with the resignation of president Philibert Tsiranana, who had been ruling over the country since 1956 (first as president of the autonomous republic and from 1958 onwards as president of the independent republic
The flag shows a black figure raising the hand on a red background. From the pictures shown on the 'album photo' section of the website, it seems to be widely used, along with plain red flags (or maybe the red flags are the reverse of the movement flag. Knowing the disastrous economical situation of the so-called 'Large Island', I guess the flags are home-made by stenciling the symbol on a piece of red fabric.
I have used the party emblem from the website as a template to 'stencil' a reconstruction of the flag.
Ivan Sache, 7 Feb 2001

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