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Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca)

by Jaume Olle', 8 May 2005

The flag of the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca) uses the national colours. It is a light blue flag (the same shade than the national flag) with the initials in white.Those coloures are also used on scarfs, banners, t-shirts, etc.. The logo of the party contains the initials in blue (on white background) and a panocha (corncob) of yellow corn with green trunk.
Jaume Olle', 24 March 2002

The factions that made up the URNG were:
- PGT (Partido Guatemalteco del Trabajo, Guatemalan Labor Party)
- FAR (Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes, Rebel Armed Forces)
- EGP (Ejército Guerrillero de los Pobres, Guerrilla Army of the Poor)
- ORPA (Organización Pueblo en Armas, Revolutionary Organization of Armed People).
E. R., 8 May 2005

Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (URNG - Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Gautemalteca):
Founding Philosophy: The Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (URNG) was an umbrella organization (guerrilla movement) that emerged in Guatemala in 1982. It represented the principal leftist organizations, who embodied a mix of insurgent warfare, terrorism and political activism. The URNG was formed by four Marxist groups active in Guatemala in the 1970s: the Guerrilla Army of the Poor (EGP), the Revolutionary Organization of Armed People (ORPA), the Rebel Armed Forces (FAR), and the Guatemalan Labor Party (PGT). After the merger, the URNG became the principal opposition group in the Guatemalan Civil War, which had pitted right-wing governments, often dominated by the military, against a number of left-wing groups. Combatants in the civil war also included right-wing paramilitary groups, sometimes known as "death squads."
Despite the official merger of the three groups into the URNG, each maintained its own leadership structure; terrorist attacks were claimed most often under the name of the individual group, not as the URNG.
Current Goals: The Guatemalan Civil War ended in 1996. Since then, after a peace process brokered by the United Nations it laid down its arms in 1996 and became a legitimate political party in 1998. It now operates as a peaceful political party.
Sources: <>, <>.
E. R., 6 July 2005


by Jaume Olle', 8 May 2005

There is also a white flag with the logo.
Jaume Ollé, 27 March 2005


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National Liberation Movement (Movimiento de Liberación Nacional)

by Jorge Candeias, 7 January 2000

Image based on <> reported by Christopher Dent. The party is called Movimiento de Liberación Nacional (Movement of National Liberation) and, assuming it's flag is as represented in the symbol, it is a vertical tricolour of blue, white and red, charged with a blue dagger or sword in the white band and the initials along the bottom, each letter in it's band and with contrasting colours. Meaning that the M and the N are white and the L is blue.
Jorge Candeias, 7 January 2000

There is a photo at <> with the inscription: "Relatives and supporters of former Guatemalan Vice President Mario Sandoval Alarcon carry his coffin along with a flag of the National Liberation Movement during the funeral service at the general cemetery in Guatemala City on Friday, April 18, 2003. Sandoval, who served as vice president between 1974 and 1978 in the government of Gen. Kjell Laugerud, died Thursday at the age of 79. (AP Photo/Jesus Alfonso)".
Zach Harden, 19 April 2003

Guerrilla Army of the Poor (Ejército Guerrillero de los Pobres)

[Che flag]
by Jorge Candeias

If I recall correctly a similar design to the above with different inscription was used by one of the guerrilla movements in Guatemala.
Jaume Olle', 3 August 1998

The image is most likely the flag of the EGP (Ejército Guerrillero de los Pobres, Guerrilla Army of the Poor) which depicts a face of Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, a. "El Ché".
E. R., 8 May 2005