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Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany

Marxistisch-Leninistische Partei Deutschlands, MLPD

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[Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (Germany)] image by Marcus Schmöger, 13 May 2002

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Presentation

Founded in 1972 as the KABD - Kommunistischer Arbeiterbund Deutschlands, Communist Workers' Association of Germany - it was one of several so-called K-groups in the 1970ies. Most of them styled themselves "Maoist", i.e. they were mainly opposed to the Soviet communists and their followers - in West Germany the DKP -, as well as opposed to each other. The KABD, being somewhat more dogmatic than the others, survived the 1970's - most others did not - and transformed itself in 1982 into the MLPD.

The MLPD is now the second-largest communist party in Germany, with about 2,000 members. Its main activity is in the traditional worker areas at Rhein and Ruhr (North Rhine-Westphalia). The MLPD takes part in elections; for instance in the elections to the Bundestag in 1994 and 1998 it got 0,02% and 0,01%, respectively. In the left-radical political scene of Germany the party is rather isolated; it has contacts to foreign affiliated parties, though - for instance in Turkey and Peru.
Marcus Schmöger, 13 May 2002


Description

The flag is red with the logo in yellow, outlined black, in the canton. The logo shows a hammer and sickle and a book; on the hammer the initials of the party "MLPD" in black. The logo is used since the foundation of the party in 1982. The reverse of the flag shows the logo in the same way as the obverse, i.e. not mirrored. Source: author's own observation, 1st May 2002 demonstration in Munich.

Before 1982 the logo of the precursor organization KABD was used, probably also on flags. I do not have any information on how these flags looked like.

Sources: author's own observations during demonstrations in Munich, 1 May 2001 and 1 May 2002; Constitutional protection report or Verfassungsschutzbericht at this website and this website; letter from the MLPD, dated 24 July 2000; MLPD website; Geschichte der Marxistisch-Leninistischen Partei Deutschlands, Düsseldorf, 1986.
Marcus Schmöger, 13 May 2002


Flag Variant

At the anti-war demonstration in Munich 31 March 2003, a variant simply showing the yellow inscription "MLPD" on a red field could be seen (see a picture in my website).
Marcus Schmöger, 10 Apr 2003

Flag Reverse

[Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany, reverse (Germany)] image by Marcus Schmöger, 13 May 2002

The reverse of the flag shows the logo in the same way as the obverse, i.e. not mirrored. Source: author's own observation, 1st May 2002 demonstration in Munich.
Marcus Schmöger, 13 May 2002


Flag Variant

[Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany, flag variant 2003 (Germany)] image by Marcus Schmöger, 10 Apr 2003

At the anti-war demonstration in Munich 31 March 2003, a variant simply showing the yellow inscription "MLPD" on a red field could be seen.
Marcus Schmöger, 10 Apr 2003


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