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Labin (Istria County, Croatia)

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by Zeljko Heimer, 20 Febuary 2004

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The coat of arms of Labin is Argent a Cross Gules like that of several other Istrian cities. The representation within oval golden bordered shield and in silver cartouche makes it unique. The loewer end of the cratouche is reminding on the cog wheel as Labin are is the most industriall developed part of Istria.
Zeljko Heimer

The town of Albona (Labin in Croatian language) was occupied by Italian forces at the end of WWI. It was then annexed by Italy after the Treaty of Rapallo (12 November 1920). On 2 March 1921 the miners of Albona made a strike and they proclaimed the "Republic of Albona" with a clearly socialist organization. The town was soon encircled by the Army and surrendered without fightings on 8 April 1921. The leaders of the strikers were put on trial and acquitted by the tribunal of Pola (now called Pula). Of course this rebellion has nothing to do with anti-Fascism: Italy was still a democratic country and Mussolini became Prime Minister only on 30 October 1922 (one year and a half after the end of the Republic of Albona).
Guido Abate, 31 December 2002

Labin is some 30 km north east of Pula, the city area counts some 13,000 inhabitants, about 9,000 of them living in the city itself. The white flag with the coat of arms that was reported in late 1990's (see: Previous Flags) is not used any more, since the 2001 Statutes available on line at <>: Statut Grada Labina, 09.10.2001, Slu~bene novine Grada Labina, clearly states in the article 5 that the flag is red with the coat of arms in the middle (in full colours). The coat of arms is blazoned there so: " The coat of arms of Labin is the historical coat of arms, in an oval (egglike) shield argent a red convex cross bordered with a golden hatched ring, all on a silver cartuche flanked on both sides with three horizontal red lines and with green lilly branches in the base.
Zeljko Heimer, 20 Febuary 2004

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First Flag

[Flag of Labin]
by Zeljko Heimer, 20 Febuary 2004

Red flag with (white) monochrome representation of city arms. In fact, I have seem the same flag in yellow or blue insted of red on several places in the town. They all might be unofficial.
Labin is city in eastern part of Istria, once important for its coal mines and industry, today turistical center. Major uprising was made in Labin when Istria was anexed by Italy (in 1924?) called "Republic of Labin" that lasted for a week or so, based on socialist principles. It's flag was, of course, red. The uprising is counted by some as the first anti-fascist movement in Europe.
Zeljko Heimer, 2 August 1997

Intermediate Flag

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Coat of Arms

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