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Santa Cruz department, Bolivia

Last modified: 2006-03-18 by antonio martins
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Flag of Santa Cruz
image by Jaume Ollé, 02 Nov 1996
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Description of the flag

The current Santa Cruz department flag is the flag used by Ignacio Warnes Mercado and other patriots in the war of independence. The green is the vegetation and the hope, and the white is purity and nobility. [m2nXX]
Jaume Ollé, 02 Nov 1996

Flag with coat of arms

Flag of Santa Cruz w/ CoA
image by Ivan Sache and Enrique Noria, 02 Feb 2005
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The flag is the horizontally divided green-white-green flag of the department of Santa Cruz, charged in the middle with a coat of arms. A picture by David Mercado (Reuters) shows Ruben Costas, President of the Santa Cruz Civic Union holding a flag during a rally in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 28 January 2005. Tens of thousands of residents of Santa Cruz demanded the Bolivian government grant autonomy for their region. No doubt it would become the flag of the autonomous region, if granted.
Ivan Sache, 02 Feb 2005

Autonomist flag, 2005

2005 protest Flag of Santa Cruz de la Sierra
image by Eugene Ipavec, 04 Feb 2005

In a demonstration in Santa Cruz, in addition to a sea of regular Santa Cruz state green-white-green flags there were several examples of this variant: Identical but somewhat squarish in proportion and with the caption «Autonomía» in the upper half of the white, central third. They looked printed, not handmade.
Eugene Ipavec, 04 Feb 2005

Autonomist “conservative” flag, 2005

2005 protest Flag of Santa Cruz de la Sierra
image by Eugene Ipavec, 07 Feb 2005

Dark-green with a Jerusalem cross in a white circle. This could very well be just a literally-appropriate flag for Santa Cruz, but since the political conflict pits a pro-indigenous federal government in La Paz against a «European-descended conservative elite», to quote the article, might this be a racial-separatism flag? Color scheme aside, it bears a distinct similarity to white-power designs.
Eugene Ipavec, 04 Feb 2005

Independentist flag, 1904-1960

1904 Flag of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
image by Jaume Ollé, 08 Jul 2000

Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Republic 1904)
Jaume Ollé, 20 Jan 1997

Flag used by independentists in 1904-1960s.
Jan Zrzavy, 01 Sep 1999