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Critical Left, Italy

Sinistra Critica

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image by Andrea Pollett, 22 April 2009



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Overview

Originally, Sinistra Critica was an internal faction of the Partito della Rifondazione Comunista (Communist Refoundation Party). When the latter joined the coalition called la Sinistra Arcobaleno (the Rainbow Left), in December 2007, Sinistra Critica broke off, mainly due to disagreement with the foreign policy issues of the new partners.
Sinistra Critica took part to political elections for the first time in April 2008.
The flag measures 140 x 100 cm.  The upper 1/4 is white, the rest of the flag is red. In the white part runs the word "Sinistra" (in blue). In the red part is a small human-shaped star (the party's logo) followed by the word "Critica" (in white); further down is the sickle & hammer symbol (in yellow) encircled in the lower half by a smaller text that reads "ecologista comunista femminista" ("ecologist communist feminist", in white). All the aforesaid elements are rotated by 11 degrees to the left.
At the right end of the flag runs vertically the URL of the party's webpage ("www.sinistracritica.org", in dark red). All lettering on the flag is in bold Arial/Helvetica font.
Andrea Pollett, 22 April 2009

The symbol — a stylized human figure suggesting also a five-pointed star, is the same as Portuguese party Left Block.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 April 2010


Purple Variant

image by Andrea Pollett, 20 March 2010

A variant of this flag exists, with purple instead of red (purple being the traditional colour of the feminist movement).
Andrea Pollett, 22 April 2009


2012 Variants

image by Tomislav Todorovic, 14 September 2012

The party also uses another flag, which arranges most of the same symbols in a different way. On dark red field, a large incomplete human-shaped star is depicted in white at the hoist, positioned so as to look as if it is just entering the field at the hoist edge. Party name is inscribed between the star and the fly edge, also in white. A white panel in form of a narrow right triangle occupies the whole bottom edge, its hypotenuse beginning in the bottom hoist corner and its right angle placed in the bottom fly corner; the panel is charged with the the party webpage URL "www.sinistracritica.org" in the same shade of red as the flag field, second-level domain name "sinistracritica" inscribed in bold letters.

image by Tomislav Todorovic, 14 September 2012

This flag also has a "feminist" variant, which replaces dark red color with dark purple.

Both variants of the flag can be seen in a photo at the Wikimedia Commons repository, which was made at the National Gay Pride march in Rome, on 2007-06-16: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sinistra_critica_-_Foto_Giovanni_Dall%27Orto_2.jpg

Both attached images are created as the modifications of a large image of party flag, which is available for download from the party website: http://www.sinistracritica.org/files/sincri/files/mat/bandierasincri1.jpg
Tomislav Todorovic, 14 September 2012