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Proposals for a Regional Flag 1931-1936 (Aragon, Spain)

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After the proclamation of the Second Republic, Aragon recovered some personality, and an embryonic regional government was formed. Right-wing parties proposed a white flag with Saint George cross and left-wing parties the Catalan four bars, but vertically to differentiate it from Catalonia, that already had adopted officially its traditional flag. After several years the Caspe Agreement determined that the Catalan flag would be adopted with horizontal stripes, and the differentiation mark would be the shield in the centre of the flag when the coat-of-arms was approved. (All these events later happened exactly the same once again in the late 1970's after General Franco's death). After the Civil War the projected autonomy was supressed by Franco's regime, and the subject of regional identity was taboo until 1977 when the debate started again, with many proposals.

Jaume Ollé, 21 September 1999

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