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Use of Italian peace flags in Serbia

The Italian peace flags are gradually becoming popular in Serbia. Since 2003, they were noticed in several occasions.

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Peace flag used in Serbia, 2003-2004 - Image by Tomislav Todorović, Mladen Mijatov & M. Schmöger, 4 July 2005

The first of Italian peace flags was carried by the supporters of Socialist Party of Serbia in campaigns for parliamentary elections in 2003 and for local and provincial elections in summer 2004. This is a rather unexpected use, as most of people who use these flags in Serbia consider this party's policy in the past as war-mongering and its use of this flag as sheer pretending. The flag is different from most of the other such flags, as it uses English word PEACE instead of Italian word PACE. The colour pattern is: dark blue, light blue, violet, green, yellow, orange, red; white word PEACE is over violet and green.

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Peace flag used in Serbia, December 2004 - Image by Tomislav Todorović, Mladen Mijatov & M. Schmöger, 4 July 2005

The next appearance of an Italian peace flag was on 9 December 2004, during the protests against insufficient co-operation of Serbian government with the Hague Tribunal. The photo of protesters carrying this flag has appeared on the cover page of the Belgrade newspaper Danas, issue of 10 December 2004. The colour pattern was: purple, dark blue, light blue, green, yellow, orange and red; white word PACE was over light blue and green. Dark blue, light blue and green are much lighter than on other similar flags, and purple is a bit lighter from FIAV colour P - in fact, the colours looked as if they faded. On the above image, the colours were made after those from the photo as much as possible.

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Peace flag used in Serbia, February 2005 - Image by Tomislav Todorović, Mladen Mijatov & M. Schmöger, 4 July 2005

On 23 February 2005, when Gianfranco Fini, Italian minister of foreign affairs and leader of "post-Fascist" National Alliance, visited Belgrade, protests against his visit took place. The flag seen in the TV-reports from the event has had almost the same colour pattern as the most common version of the flag, only the top stripe was not violet, but purple.

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Peace flag used in Serbia, March 2005 - Image by Tomislav Todorović & M. Schmöger, 25 November 2020

The last of Italian peace flags which was noticed so far was carried on 8 March 2005, on the rally which was organized by some NGO's for the International Women's Day. The flag, as seen on the photo in the Belgrade newspaper Danas, issue of 9 March 2005, is identical with another of the most common versions of the flag: the same pattern as in the 2003-2004 flag with the inscription PEACE, only the inscription was PACE on this one.

Tomislav Todorović, 4 July 2005