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Riaño (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Riaño, left, as prescribed for general use, right, as allowed for indoors use - Images by Antonio Gutiérrez (VexiLeón website), 20 January 2011

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Presentation of Riaño

The municipality of Riaño (525 inhabitants in 2009; 9,763 ha) is located in the northeast of León Province, 90 km of León.

The building of the Riaño man-made lake caused in 1987 the flooding (indeed the destruction before flooding) of eight villages, including the original village of Riaño (Viejo Riaño / Old Riaño). The local opposition to the project culminated in July 1987 after a villager whose house had to be destroyed committed suicide; a street riot was suppressed by the police and ten people, including the mayor of Riaño, were jailed for a while (El País, 12 July 1987). Some 25 years later, the opponents have not given up; they recently asked for a decrease in the water level and the restoration of some pastures (Diario de León, 23 February 2010).

Ivan Sache, 20 January 2011

Symbols of Riaño

The flag and arms of Riaño are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 13 November 2002 by the Municipal Council, signed on the same day by the Mayor, and published on 26 November 2002 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 229, p. 15,713 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: With proportions officially prescribed in the relevant provincial legislation, that is 1.98 [m] x 1.52 [m], monochromous flag of purple color, with, in the middle and on both sides of the flag, the municipal coat of arms. Flags of the same design, but with dimensions 1 [m] x 1.40 m may be used inside the Town Hall.
Coat of arms: Vert a castle argent masoned and port and windows sable over a mount proper in base a river wavy azure and argent [...]. The shield surmounted with a Royal Spanish crown closed.

Ivan Sache, 20 January 2011