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Frente Amplio party coalition, Uruguay

Last modified: 2013-06-22 by francisco gregoric
Keywords: f.a.a.u. | faau | frente amplio | fa | broad front | otorgués (fernando) | seregni (liber) | vázquez (tabaré) |
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[Frente Amplio coalition flag] image by Ivan Sache, 21 Nov 1999
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Presentation

The Frente Amplio (Broad Front) is a leftist coalition formed in Uruguay some 30 years ago. They chose one of the first known Artigas flag as their own emblem and have used it ever since. Obviously when the Frente Amplio followers adopted this flag and design, they were evoking the times of the Patria Vieja, (the Old Fatherland).
Jorge Cajarville, 16 Jun 1999

The flag adopted by Frente Amplio is the Artigas flag hoisted in Montevideo in march 26, 1815. The leftist coalition Frente Amplio had its first public meeting in march 26, 1971. The electoral coalition called Encuentro Progresista was founded in 1994 by the Frente Amplio and other minor left parties, and still exists currently.
Rodolfo Tizzi, 10 Jul 2002

The Frente Amplio uses a tricolor flag (red-blue-white horizontal stripes) known as "Otorgués' Flag", because it is the same design aparently raised in Montevideo on March 1815 when Artiguist forces commanded by Fernando de Otorgués entered inside the city.
Francisco Gregoric, 5 Sep 2004

Courrier International 472 (18 November 1999) shows a colour picture of a street demonstration in Montevideo celebrating the victory on 31 October.

  • Most flags are horizontal red-blue-white tricolors, in proportion 1:2.
  • a white field with an emblem and letterings «...ENTE ... QUIERDA». The second world is probably "IZQUIERDA" (meaning "left")
  • a yellow field with a red V, black 77 and «La Ver...»
  • the F.A.A.U. flag with a yellow emblem on it, something like an equal sign over a wide A. [possibly "FA" — ed.]
Ivan Sache, 21 Nov 1999

The "white flag with an emblem and letterings «...ENTE ... QUIERDA»" mentioned, could be a flag of Corriente de Izquierda (Leftist Trend), a political group with former Tupamaros inside it.

The other flag mentioned: yellow field with a V, black 77, "La Ver..." probably was a flag from a political party inside the Frente Amplio named Vertiente Artiguista (Artiguist Source), list 77. They call their party "La Vertiente" in a kind of familiar way. Mariano Arana, the present day Mayor of the City of Montevideo is a member of that political party.

The last flag mentioned is the Frente Amplio flag with logo.
Francisco Gregoric, 12 Dec 2004


Flag variant with acronym logo

[Frente Amplio flag with logo] image by Francisco Gregoric, 5 Sep 2004

Courrier International 472 (18 November 1999) shows a colour picture of a street demonstration in Montevideo celebrating the victory on 31 October. It shows the F.A.A.U. flag with a yellow emblem on it, something like an equal sign over a wide A.
Ivan Sache, 21 Nov 1999

There are Frente Amplio flags with the party coalition acronym logo added (an F above an A in yellow letters). I have seen one of these flags in Buenos Aires, at a Newspaper store. Obviously the owner was an Uruguayan follower of the Frente Amplio.
Francisco Gregoric, 5 Sep 2004

"Fimbriated" logo variant

[Frente Amplio flag with logo] image by Francisco Gregoric, 5 Sep 2004


Flag-like design

[Frente Amplio coalition flag] image by António Martins, Jan 2000

At the party website there’s an image consisting of such a triband superimposed with a big yellow "FA" vertical digraph which creates a sector from 7 o’clock to 12 o’clock filled with wavy blue stripes on white.
António Martins, 23 Jun 1999

It’s only a copy of a car-sticker made as a propaganda item for the elections of 1994 and 1999.
Rodolfo Tizzi, 10 Jul 2002

This design does exist as a flag in 2004. In the funeral of General Liber Seregni (one of the leaders of Frente Amplio) on 1 August 2004, there were a lot of tricolor FA flags, between them, one flag with this composite design.
Francisco Gregoric, 5 Sep 2004

This design appeared again as a flag during the celebrations of victory of the Frente Amplio in the presidential elections of October 2004. In these elections the socialist doctor Tabaré Vázquez was elected as the first president in Uruguay not a member of any traditional party.

Most flags in these celebrations were just plain tricolor flags, but the "logo variants" and this "composite design variant" could be seen too.
Francisco Gregoric, 13 Dec 2004


Flags with symbols added

Some political groups members (and list ballots) of the Frente Amplio use variants of the "Otorgués Flag" with their particular symbols added.

The Movimiento 26 de Marzo (March 26th Movement) uses a Frente Amplio's flag with a red star.

The Espacio 90 (Space 90) uses a Frente Amplio's flag with its logo (a green circle with white numbers).
Francisco Gregoric, 13 Dec 2004


 
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