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“No bomb” flag

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No-bomb flag
image by Jorge Candeias, 12 May 2003
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Discription and discussion of the flag

During the demonstrations against the US-led invasion of Iraq that took place in Portugal a seemingly local pacifist flag appeared occasionly. Based on a sticker and a logo advertized by one of the political forces that opposed the invasion, the Left Block, this flag appeared usually in square or squarish versions.

It consisted of a graphic akin to a road-sign, with a black outline of a bomb, vertically placed, and the red ring-and-line of the forbidden signs over the bomb. In stickers, the inscription "Não à Guerra" (no to the war) appeared in white on the diagonal line, but I didn’t see this inscription in flags.

I saw one of these flags in the cloth in Faro. It was a hand-made item and something of a rough job too. I don’t know if any of these flags were industrially made, but at least one I saw on TV seemed to be. Was this local, or did any similar flags surface elsewhere?

Jorge Candeias, 12 May 2003

It was also seen at the demonstrations in Copenhagen. A variant is seen in the canton of
Ole Andersen, 12 May 2003

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