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Romania - 1989 Revolutionary Flag

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[1989 Revolutionary Flag] by Jorge Candeias

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About the "holey" flag

The "holey" flag was one of the most important flags in the recent history of the country. This flag was a de facto civil ensign of Romenia immediately after the fall of Ceausescu, and is historically important to the point of being offered to the president of the US, being thanked by him as a beautiful "poncho".
jorge candeias, 1998-MAY-25

If we extend your logics a little further, is it possible that the hole borders followed the irregularities of the COA? Or was it just a regular oval? From what I remember from these days*, the holes were "just a regular oval", the easiest way to do this. During these several days we had no TV program on or national TV, but it was whole the time reemiting the "Free Romania TV" that followed the revolution. I remember lots of the flags seen then - and to my best memory they were all oval. However, memory is not a good proof - anyone have some photos from the time?
zeljko heimer, 1998-MAY-31

I wrote to the White House when the President was presented with the Romanian Flag with the hole in it and the answer I got was that it was not an original flag but a newly made Romanian flag with an oval hole in the center that is hemmed so that the hole will not grow bigger with use! They didn't say, but maybe this is a tourist souvenier in Bucharest!
david martucci, 1998-MAY-27

I concur with the opinion which is based on the belief that the use of the Romanian flag with a hole was merely because there was no easily obtainable flag without the Communist arms. First, all flags would have been manufactured _with_ the arms in them. This was the law of Romania. Second, I would not think that people could not easily go to the store and buy blue, yellow, and red cloth when a forceable change in government was at hand. Third, the easiest flag to obtain would be a current version; however, to distance themselves from the Ceausescu regime, they would simply remove the arms by cutting them out.

As far as the flag presented to Clinton, I would like to thank Dave Martucci for his actual follow up. Such a gift would be merely a nice gesture toward the US by Romania. Also, I have a friend who used to live in Timosoara, Romania, and now lives in Bucharest. He has sent me a Romanian flag (no hole), but he has not mentioned seeing one with a hole for sale to tourists.

To sum up, I don't believe it matters whether the flag has a circular or oval hole. The fact was that such a flag was used to distance the people from Communism. Also, the flag with the hole was never official. It was a de facto flag of the people. When the people could officially decide, they returned to the plain blue-yellow-red flag.
calvin paige herring, 1998-MAY-30

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