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Derogatory nazi flag variations

Last modified: 2009-06-13 by antónio martins
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These are usually protest flags loosely based on nazi and/or related flags, adding to its typical design or symbols the design or symbols of the flag or emblem of some other entity, usually to convey the accusation that the said entity is somehow comparable to nazi regimes. Usually found in political cartoons, protest rallies, etc. It may be humurous.
António Martins, 01 Feb 2003

This is an interesting usage of the Nazi symbol, an usage of which there are two main types:

In practice, this goes in two vexillographic directions: It should be noted that both these vexillographic stratagies were (and are) also (though lesser) used to express allegiance to (neo)Nazism: Flags patterned after the german flag of 1933-1945, with different symbols or colors, or with swastikas added or replacing something on pre-existing flags, were and are quite a few.
António Martins, 11 Oct 2000


Derogatory NATO (nazi) flag

NATO derogatory flag variation
image by Željko Heimer and António Martins, 11 Jul 1999

The well-known cartoon flag showing the NATO symbol in black on a red disc on a red flag. This one have been frequent in the newspapers I’ve seen here in Russia.
António Martins, 11 Jul 1999


Derogatory Palestine (nazi) flag

Palestine derogatory flag variation
image by Theodore Leverett, 10 Oct 2000

In demonstrations at Duke University (US), I saw a palestine flag defaced with a black swastika on the white stripe waved by pro-Israel demonstrators.
Theodore Leverett, 10 Oct 2000

It was clearly the intention of the refered Palestine flag with swastika waved by pro-Israel demonstrators, to identify any percieved enemy of Israel or of Jewish people with Nazis. And if anti-Israel demonstrators react waving back any of the two nazi versions of the Israel flag described above, the unaware outsider will see the same symbol used by both sides to attack the other: «You’re nazi because you want to exterminate Jews — here’s how your flag should look like» and «You’re nazi because you sent army and police against unarmed civilians — here’s how your flag should look like».
António Martins, 11 Oct 2000


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