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Provisional Popular Government of Vanuaaku (Vanuatu)

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Flag of the Provisional Popular Government of Vanuaaku
[Vanuaaku , Vanuatu)] image by Olivier Touzeau, 3 April 2021

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Source: From the New Hebrides to Vanuatu: A Vexillological Excursion], by Michel Lupant – 14th International Congress of Vexilology, Barcelona - 30 June-5 July 1991 [Lup91]

In 1977, France and the United Kingdom decide to dissolve the Assembly and to call for new elections. They took place on November 29, 1977. The representatives of the moderate parties, who are candidates because of the abstention instructions issued by the Vanuaaku Party, are proclaimed elected without electoral competition. In fact the confrontation is in the street, the VAP tries to establish a "Provisional Popular Government of Vanuaaku" (GPPV). The same day the flag of VANUAAKU was hoisted. Many masts were destroyed by opponents, there were riots and the police had to intervene in the islands de Santo, Mallicolo and especially in Port-Vila where a counter-demonstration of the moderates was harshly repressed by the British troops.
But it was a victory for the GPPV because the flag has been, despite everything, hoisted in 47 places, even if it had not been raised in the capital.

The flag (source: "Seli Hoo", a monthly news bulletin on Vanuaku and New Caledonia N ° 3/4, jan-feb. 1978, page 1) is green, red, black and orange. A green transverse band, at the hoist, with orange patterns. Green symbolizes the beauty of the country (forests, agriculture). A vertical spatula and a curved spatula represent, respectively the tools of men for working the land, and those of women who are used as digging sticks when they are gardening. Below the spatulas a mountain of three ridges. The fly is red, the color of blood and the unity of the people, a black triangle superimposed symbolizes the Melanesian race. Its dimensions are 0.96 m x 1.16 m*.
Olivier Touzeau, 3 April 2021

Flag of the Vanuaaku Party since 1975
[Vanuaaku] image by Olivier Touzeau, 3 April 2021

The flag of Vanuaaku Pati was created in 1975, it is different from the one hoisted by the GPPV. The floating part has three longitudinal stripes, red, black, red.'

Sources reported by Michel Lupant:
Color cover of “Vanuaaku Viewpoints” Vol7 N ° 9/12, 1978, Port-Vila.
And Flagmaster 25, of 1/2/1979 p. 3.

[*According to the image reproduced by Michel Lupant, I don’t understand what these dimensions are for]

Olivier Touzeau, 3 April 2021