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Colombia - Political Flags - Part I

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Next Sunday, March 12, 2006, there will be general elections for Congress. There is a website by the country's electoral authority where they show an example of a voting sheet at <>. This image includes all current political parties that have candidates for Congress (both Senat and House of Representatives). There you will find logos of each political party/movement.
E.R., 9 March 2006

Peace Flag at Demobilization Ceremony

image by Eugene Ipavec, 11 April 2006

I came across this image during a ceremony of the Peace Process between the Colombian Government and the AUC (biggest union of paramilitary groups in Colombia).
The image is a green ribbon in the middle (meaning peace) on a white background. This image was seen during a demobilization of AUC troops, especifically in one of the ceremonies of the many subfactions that are part of the ACBCB - Autodefensas Campesinas - Bloque Central Bolívar.
Source: <>
E.R., 11 April 2006

Traditional Political Parties - The Liberal Party and The Conservative Party

Both were founded in 1848, the Partido Liberal Colombiano - Liberal Party's traditional color is red, and the Partido Conservador Colombiano - Conservative Party's traditional color is blue. They've shared power for most of the XIX and XX centuries, a famous joke says that the true meaning of the Colombian flag is: Yellow for our riches, blue and red for those that distribute them among themselves. The "L" and "C" were adopted as "official logos" and featured in the flags.
Jaime Vengoechea, 10 Febuary 2003

Partido Liberal Colombiano

image resized from <>

The official website of the PLC (Partido Liberal Colombiano, Colombian Liberal Party) is <>.
The explanation of the symbols (taken form the official website): "The red color, as interpretation of love, fraternity and tolerance, is the standard of the Colombian Liberal Party and it will go together with the current symbol and also with the International Socialist, to which is affiliated".
E.R., 30 May 2005

Partido Conservador Colombiano

image by Jaime Vengoechea, 10 Febuary 2003

The official website of the Partido Conservador Colombiano (Colombian Conservative Party) is <>.
E.R., 30 May 2005

Bolivarian Movement for the New Colombia (Movimiento Bolivariano para la Nueva Colombia)

image by Guillermo Aveledo, 30 November 2000

Here's the flag of the Movimiento Bolivariano para la Nueva Colombia (Bolivarian Movement for the New Colombia), what has been instituted as the political wing of the Revolutionary Armed Force of Colombia - People's Army (FARC-EP), and founded early this year.
The flag is a typical Colombian tricolori, with a portrait of Simon Bolivar (in black and white and certain shades of grey) centered on it. The portrait used is a reproduction of the famous (and supposedly more accurate) portrait of Bolivar engraved by French artist Francois Desire Roulin (1796-1874) at Bogota dated February 15th, 1828.
Oddly enough, it seems an unbecomig choice for a revolutionary party/army: by 1828 Bolivar was serving as dictator of Colombia (then the Great Colombia; the union of Nueva Granada, Quito and Venezuela), allied with conservative and clerical groups who were interested in the union of the republics and, willing to support Bolivar, played for the predominance of Bogota in such an union. The rest is history. Perhaps this paradox is explained by the fact that, in the actual portrait, Bolivar faces rightwards, and not leftwards, as is used by the FARC-EP.
Guillermo Aveledo, 30 November 2000

The flag size should be the same as the Colombian one and the face of Simón Bolívar should be on yellow background instead of white, and looking towards the right, and not look towards the left.
Source: Picture taken on August 29, 2000, during the launching of the illegal movement by the Farc at <>.
E.R., 4 June 2006

Civilian Christian Committment with the Community Movement (Movimiento Compromiso Civico Cristiano con la Comunidad)

image by E.R., 16 June 2005

There is a political movement in Colombia called "Movimiento Compromiso Civico Cristiano con la Comunidad" (Civilian Christian Committment with the Community Movement) which is abbreviated as PC4, which stands for Partido C4 (or C4 Party). It currently has one seat in Colombia's Senate. Its official website is <>.
E.R., 16 June 2005

Colombian Clandestine Communist Party (Partido Comunista Colombiano Clandestino)

image by Eugene Ipavec, 27 May 2006

There is a flag on plain red background, resembling the same colors as the Partido Comunista Colombiano (Colombian Communist Party). This flag is the flag of the PCCC, which stands for Partido Comunista Colombiano Clandestino (Colombian Clandestine Communist Party), an organization that runs parallel to Movimiento Bolivariano para la Nueva Colombia (Bolivarian Movement for the New Colombia). This PCCC organization is an organization created by the FARC in order to replace the original PCC (Colombian Communist Party) because the Farc believes that the PCC is not radical enough and does not consider armed struggle to reach power. The flag is, as I mentioned before, a plain recangular red flag, with the letters PCCC in black on the flag in diagonal form starting from the bottom left and ending on the top right, on the top right having a yellow hammer and sickle.
Sources: Resistencia - Farc online magazine at <>. ANNCOL - Farc news website at <>. Semana magazine edition October 1, 2001, page 52.
E.R., 27 May 2006

Unusual in a communist flag for the emblem to be in the fly.
Eugene Ipavec, 27 May 2006


image by Eugene Ipavec, 30 May 2006

I found a variant of the flag of the PCCC. This time the letters appear in white, plus the hammer and sickle (also in white). Background is plain red and the design resembles pretty much the flag of the PCC.
Source: <>.
E.R., 30 May 2006

Colombian Communist Party (Partido Comunista Colombiano)

image by E.R., 23 March 2005

PCC stands for Partido Comunista Colombiano (Colombian Communist Party). This organization was established in 1930. Its official website is <>.
E.R., 23 March 2005

Colombian Communist Party - Maoist (Partido Comunista de Colombia - Maoísta)

image by Eugene Ipavec, 23 December 2005

The Partido Comunista de Colombia - Maoísta (Colombian Communist Party - Maoist) is a split group from the PCC (Colombian Communist Party). The PCC-M was established in 2001. It has an official wensite: <>. the PCC-M's flag is the same as the PCC's flag regarding ratio of the hammer and sickle.
E.R., 23 March and 23 December 2005

Colombian Communist Party - Marxist Leninist (Partido Comunista de Colombia - Marxista Leninist)

image by E.R., 23 March 2005

The Partido Comunista de Colombia - Marxista Leninista (Colombian Communist Party - Marxist Leninist) was a split group of the Colombian Communist Party, established in 1967. The armed wing of the PCC-ML was the EPL (Ejército Popular de Liberación).
E.R., 23 March 2005

Communist Revolution

In the 1960's communist revolutionaries in Columbia (FARC) proclaimed the Republics of Marquetalia and Riochiquitos, that is an experiment of comunist-countryman administration in Latin America.
The flag used was probably the FARC flag (red with the name?). But I found now the local flag of Marquetalia:
This is green borderes white. In the centre is a torch white and golden, with flamme yellow and red.
Another city of the territory is named MARULANDA, and this is the name of the FARC head, Manuel Marulanda named too "Tiro Fijo" (Fix Shooting). The flag of the city is black, white and green horizontal.
More information?
Jaume Olle , 24 November 1996

About the Communist Revolution and its flag, I'm not aware that they had a flag, but the actual Independent Republics were seven: Marquetalia (in the border between the Departments of Tolima and Huila), Río Chiquito (in the border between the Departments of Cauca and Huila), El Pato (in the Department of Caquetá), Guayabero, El Duda, Alto Ariari (all three of them in the Department of Meta) and Alto Sumapaz (in the border between the Departments of Meta, Cundinamarca and Tolima) Marquetalia being the most important. These existed from 1955 through 1965 but they became known in a Congress debate in 1964, and short afterwards there was a military operation against them. These 7 "Republics" were in an area plenty of mountains and forrest, along with tall hills and stuff, and they were pretty much together (if you have a Colombian map you can see that they are close to each other).
E.R., 19 January 1999