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Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais (Brazil)

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[Juiz de Fora, MG (Brazil)] by Joseph McMillan

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About the Flag of Juiz de Fora

Based on the explanation at the official municipal website the flag of Juiz de Fora consists of five horizontal stripes of three different widths:

On the center of the red stripe is a white equilateral triangle two units high.

The colors are intended to represent the races and ethnic groups that comprise the population mix of the municipality: Portuguese, indigenous peoples, negroes, Italians, Germans, Syrians, and Lebanese. At least one of the colors in the flag of Juiz de Fora is found in the flag of each of these peoples, with the indigenous Indians--who had no flag--represented by the red. (The blue presumably comes from the pre-1910 Portuguese flag; what color is meant to represent Africans is not clear to me.) The triangle is from the state flag of Minas Gerais and is the symbol of the Inconfidência Mineira movement of the late 18th century.
Joseph McMillan, 11 March 2002