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People’s Monarchist Party (Portugal)

Partido Popular Monárquico

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PPM flag
image by Vincent Morley, 14 Oct 1999
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Description of the Flag

White over blue, 3:1, with the letters "PPM" in white on the blue stripe and the party’s emblem in blue on the white stripe.
Vincent Morley, 09 Oct 1999

There are two variants of this flag shown in As Paredes na Revolução, a book about Portuguese political murals which I bought when I was in Lisbon some years ago. One variant is a blue flag, with a large white trident in the hoist and the letters "PPM" in white in the lower fly. The second is divided horizontally white over blue, the white stripe wider than the blue. A blue trident is centred in the white stripe and "PPM" in white is centred in the blue stripe. But what is the connection between the Portuguese monarchists and the trident? (I always thought it was the Greek letter psi but I couldn’t guess why it was used.)
Vincent Morley, 07 Sep 1997

The flag of PPM is very seldom seen, but a modern rendition of the pre-1910 Portuguese national flag appears in great numbers whenever the monarchics get together.
Jorge Candeias, 11 Feb 1998

Presentation of P.P.M.

The People’s Monarchic Party (PPM - Partido Popular Monárquico) is our only monarchic party. It’s a very small conservative party, that joined PPD and CDS in the AD coalition I mentioned before, and was capable of electing some members of parliament during that time. Later, became the first ecological party in Portugal. I don’t know if they still exist. Their flag is (evidentely) in blue and white: a white field with a blue trident and "PPM" also in blue above the trident.
Jorge Candeias, 05 Sep 1997

During the recent Portuguese general election campaign, and I happened to see a broadcast on behalf of PPM in which the speaker was flanked by the flag of the party and, perhaps more interestingly, by the older blue and white Portuguese flag.
Vincent Morley, 09 Oct 1999

It should be said that PPM is now a very small group and it failed to win any seats in the recent elections.
Vincent Morley, 14 Oct 1999

PPM flag#2
image by Vincent Morley, 11 Feb 2009

Vincent Morley reported from the portuguese book "As Paredes na Revolução" (about political murals) two P.P.M. flags are seen: Among these a blue flag, with a large white trident in the hoist and the letters "PPM" in white in the lower fly. The usual P.P.M. flag is seldom; this one is something I think I never saw (although I also have the book, somewhere).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 11 Feb 2009

In "Vlaggen" (i.e. Flags) Anton Jansen described Portuguese political flags: most of his information was obtained during a stay at Lisbon, September 1980 (gathering leaflets and flags, visiting parties' headquarters).
The PPM flag he describes matches the design of the one already on FOTW-ws. He bought one from Mr. João Camossa at PPM headquarters, Rua da Escola Politecnica: height about 70 cm, length about 73 cm (almost square, then?), width of blue stripe about 15 cm. Colours: white and light blue, representing the monarchy.
As to the psi, above mentioned Mr. Camossa told that it shows a person with open arms "com braços abertos".
Source:Article "Portugese partijsymbolen en -vlaggen" (i.e. Portuguese party symbols and flags) in "Vlaggen" no. 21 (1983): pp. 292-297.
Additional note in no. 22 (1983): p. 311. All illustrations b/w, one of which appears here in colour:
For further information click (in Portuguese): party webpage
Jan Mertens, 13 Feb 2009