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  • Portuguese republican flags (1910ies)
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  • Iberian Federalist Movement

    Democratic Alliance

    The coalition PPD-CDS-PPM was called Democratic Alliance (AD - Aliança Democrática) won a few elections, and ruled the country for some years.
    Jorge Candeias, 04 Sep 1997


    Communist Party of Portuguese Workers / Reorganizational Movement of the Portuguese Proletariate

    The Communist Party of Portuguese Workers / Reorganizational Movement of the Portuguese Proletariate (PCTP/MRPP - Partido Comunista dos Trabalhadores Portugueses / Movimento Reorganizativo do Proletariado Português) is a maoist party, very active in the 70s, especially with big mural paintings (they got known as Meninos Rabinos Pintam Paredes, that is «Nasty Boys Painting Walls») Their flag is very similar to the PCP one: a red field with a big yellow sickle and hammer, if I recall correctly, in the canton, and PCTP/MRPP in yellow below. I seem to remember that they have no star, but this is not certain.
    Jorge Candeias, 26 Sep 1997


    Democratic Party of the Atlantic

    Most of the FLA members regrouped in the P.D.A., Partido Democrático do Atlântico, a national party (because of a constitutional article that prohibits regional parties) that gets nearly all it’s votes from the Azores (and also a bit from Madeira too) in a percentage that I don’t think ever reached 5% in the islands themselves. This party uses a white flag with the party logo in yellow and blue centered. The logo is too complex to describe adecuately.
    Jorge Candeias, 10 Aug 1999


    Ecologist Party - The Greens

    The Ecologist Party - The Greens (PEV - Partido Ecologista os Verdes) is also a relative newcomer, this ecologist party goes to elections in coalition with the communists, and elects 2-3 members of parliament regularly. Their flag is a green field (of course) with a yellow and brown sunflower in the center.
    Jorge Candeias, 05 Sep 1997


    Politics 21

    Política XXI is now one of the members of the Left Block. I don’t know what’s the flag of this Política XXI, if there’s one.
    Jorge Candeias, 20 May 1999


    Party of National Solidarity

    The Party of National Solidarity (PSN - Partido da Solidariedade Nacional) is again a party that arose in the late ’80s - early ’90s. It was nicknamed ’Party of the Retired’, because their main objective was to defend the interests of elderly people. In two elections, PSN was able to elect 1 member of parliament. Their flag was similar to that of Antigua and Barbuda, with the hoist and fly triangles in green and the central in blue. In the central triangle there was a yellow sun and below the sun, ’PSN’ in black. I think they already desappeared also.
    Jorge Candeias, 05 Sep 1997


    Party of the Democratic Renewal

    The Party of the Democratic Renewal (PRD - Partido Renovador Democrático) is a party that arose in the late ’80s originally to fill the gap between PS and PCP, but very centered in the personality of the President at the time (António Ramalho Eanes), our last military and independent president. In the first elections in which the party participated, it got more than 20% of the votes and the third parlamentary group, but soon lost its support, electing less than 10 members of parliament in the next elections and none in the next, dissolving itself shortly after that. If I recall correctly, they used a logo-on-a-bedsheet flag in white with a symbol in red and green in the center and "PRD" below the symbol also in red and green. The symbol featured stylized scales.
    Jorge Candeias, 05 Sep 1997


    People’s Democratic Movement / Democratic Election Committee

    The People’s Democratic Movement / Electoral Democratic Center (MDP/CDE, Movimento Democrático Popular / Centro Democrático Eleitoral) is a party that was formed shortly after the revolution, and descends from the Electoral Democratic Commission (CDE - Comissão Democrática Eleitoral), an oposition movement during the dictatorship, that united all the oposition forces of the time to run to (better said, to do as much of a campaign that they where authorized to do in) the very undemocratic elections that took place back then. In the first elections after the revolution, they where able to elect a small parlamentary group, and in ulterior elections joined the communists in a coalition, APU, always electing some members of parliament. In the early ’90s, they broke the coalition, concurred to the next elections alone, failed to elect members of parliament and disappeared. Their flag was a red field with a stylized root (4 root “branches” that joined in a trunk) in the centre.
    Jorge Candeias, 05 Sep 1997

    MDP-CDE was not that small — it managed to elect 2 MPs on it’s own in the very first elections held after the fall of the fascist regime. The flag was red with a black symbol consisting of a sort of root (a "trunk" and 4 rays in the lower part of the "trunk") within a square with the sigla below. My father has one such flag. It later got into a deep internal crisis and split in two movements: one civic movement called Democratic Intervention (that remained tied with the communists) and the party itself that later changed the name to "Política XXI" and is now one of the members of the above mentioned Left Bloc.
    Jorge Candeias, 05 Sep 1997


    Portuguese monarchists

    In Portugal there is a monarchic party, the PPM, and there is a number of monarchics that do not see themselves reflected in the party. The flag of PPM is very seldom seen, but a modern rendition of the pre-1910 portuguese national flag appears in great numbers whenever the monarchics get together. Recent occasions were: the marriage of D. Duarte, the present dinastic representative of the portuguese royal house (Casa de Bragança) and the baptism of his two childs so far.
    Jorge Candeias, 11 Feb 1998

    Quite right. And also 1667-1816 flags appear (royal arms on plain white), related to the so called "integralist" branch.
    António Martins, 18 Feb 1998





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