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I just saw an unknown Macedonian flag. It was a colour photo in
the newspaper, in an article about the unrest in Macedonia, where a
group of young men where seen over and around a pickup truck, a few
of them holding the flag.
The flag was red with a red shield fimbriated in gold, charged with a lion rampant also gold. The shield was topped by a golden sun (not the Vergina sun, but a kind of mullet, seemingly with the same number of rays as the Vergina sun), and below the shield two letters where partially visible: the first one was an "M", the second either an "E" of an "F", still in gold. Unfortunately, the rest of the letters was outside the photo.
The same lion was painted in the door of the truck and a few of the men had it as an emblem in their coats. The door also had a Vergina sun painted.
Jorge Candeias, 21 October 1998
The flags that you describe is similar to one of the proposals that appeared in 1991. 1t might be the flag of Democratic League (ex-communist opposition) or SSDM (Alliance of Democratic Forces in Macedonia) currently in the government. Some accurate versions of the lion are shown in Emblemes et Pavillons [eep] #33 and Flaggenforum [flf] #7.
Jaume Ollé, 24 October 1998
The coat of arms gules, lion rampant or is attributed to Macedonia (Smith,1980) [smi80]. The sun is probably a new element, introduced with Vergina sun and the current flag. I guess, the flag belongs to some Macedonian netionalistic organization or party.
Zeljko Heimer, 26 October 1998