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14 June Revolutionary Movement

14 June Revolutionary Movement flag
image by Randy Young, 2 May 2015

According to the group's entry on the Spanish-language Wikipedia, Movimiento Revolucionario 14 de Junio was a clandestine leftist movement against the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. The movement was founded by Dominican lawyer Manolo Tavarez Justo. At its height, the group had about 6,000 members. I think the group was likely named for 14 June 1959, when the troops of the Dominican Liberation Movement, trained in exile in Cuba, landed in the northern Dominican Republic in an attempt to overthrow the Trujillo regime. That insurrection failed, but the spirit of resistance against Trujillo continued, carried on in part by the Movimiento Revolucionario 14 de Junio.

The flag of the Movimiento Revolucionario 14 de Junio can be seen in a painting. The flag is a horizontal bi-color of green over black with a white capital letter "J" in the center, flanked by a white numeral "1" toward the hoist and "4" toward the fly. The flag is very similar to the one currently on FOTW as the "14th of July Movement," and I wonder if there has been some confusion. Perhaps the "14th of July Movement" mentioned in Ivan in 1999 is actually the 14th of June Revolutionary Movement.
Randy Young, 2 May 2015

14th of July Movement flag
image by Ivan Sache, 6 August 1999

Horizontal green over black. Source is Smith (1975) [smi75c],pp. 340-341 ("Symbols in politics"). Smith says that these are real flags and not only party emblems, which may differ in colours when used as emblem or in a flag.
Ivan Sache, 6 August 1999

Alianza País
Peace Alliance

Alianza País flag
image by Randy Young, 2 May 2015

Alianza País is a center-left political party in the Dominican political landscape. The main flag of Alianza País, as seen in photographs of a political rally (here and here), is essentially the party's logo in banner form. The logo features a large stylized capital "A" on a blue-green field, with the name of the party and its motto (POR UN GOBIERNO HONESTO, "For an Honest Government") below the "A." A manual on the usage of the logo specifies the values of the colors to be used in the logo:

Emerald Green (68 0 39 0, CYMK) (3275 U, Pantone) (0 171 148, RGB)
Sand Yellow (3 0 40 0, CYMK) (600 U, Pantone) (243 239 166, RGB)
Randy Young, 2 May 2015

Alianza País flag variant
image by Randy Young, 2 May 2015

A variant of the party's flag, shown in photographs from another rally, features the party logo in Sand Yellow at a smaller size and in the canton of the Emerald Green field.
Randy Young, 2 May 2015

There's a youth branch called Juventud Alianza País that has its own flag. The flag is also green with the "A" in the center, and a "J" at left slightly rotated to left and a "P" at right slightly rotated to right.
Jaume Ollé, 8 May 2015

Dominican Liberation Party
(PLD, Partido de la Liberación Dominicano)

PLD flag
image by Aveledo Coll, 18 August 2000

Dominican Revolutionary Party
(PRD, Partido Revolucionario Dominicano)

This is the leading party in the Dominicana Rep.
Dov Gutterman, 15 February 2002

Partido Revolucionario Dominicano (PRD) uses two flags.
Green on white bicolor (with slogans) and logo on white. On line at the official website flags and logo can be seen.
Dov Gutterman, 15 February 2002

Logo on white

PRD flag
image by Ivan Sache, 18 November 2001

The emblem and flag of the Partido Revolucionario Dominicano are described in the party statute as follows (my translation):
Art. 5 - The party emblem is: inscribed in an ellipse made by the legend "Partido Revolucionario Dominicano," above, and below, "1939," a torch raised by a strong hand, on a background of mountains which define the horizon.

Art. 6 - The colour of the Party flag is white and the emblem is placed in the center.
I may have missed something but the description of the emblem is incomplete: the field inscribed within the ellipse is horizontally divided black on blue and there is a yellow sun upon the green mountains. In the ellipse, "1939" is placed between two dots.
Ivan Sache, 18 November 2001

White over green (?)

PRD flag #2
image by António Martins, 8 April 2005

Green on white bicolor (with slogans) at the official website
Dov Gutterman, 15 February 2002

Blue over green seeems to be in the image. But I'm not sure that is used by the PRD, but for some allied party.
Jaume Ollé, 17 February 2002

Frente Amplio por la Dignidad Nacional
Broad Front for National Dignity

Frente Amplio flag
image by Randy Young, 4 May 2015

Frente Amplio por la Dignidad Nacional (Broad Front for National Dignity, usually just called Frente Amplio) is a coalition of leftist political parties in the Dominican Republic. The coalition was formed in 1992 as (MIUCA; Movement for Independence, Unity, and Change) and renamed as Frente Amplio in 2011. Allied political parties include the Modern Revolutionary Party, the Dominican Humanist Party that I posted yesterday, the Independent Democratic Party, and the Dominican Social Alliance.

The party's flag is divided horizontally, the top two-thirds yellow and the bottom third green, with the party logo in green centered on the yellow portion of the field.
Randy Young, 4 May 2015

The flag seems not to be regulated. The versions two-thirds to one-third is the most common, but I see versions devised 1:1, 2:1, 3:1, and 4:1.
Jaume Ollé, 8 May 2015

Fuerza de la Revolución

FdlR flag
image by António Martins, 9 June 2004

Fuerza de la Revolución is not represented in the Dominican Congress of the Republic. In this site. I don't know if it is a flag or just a logo.
Dov Gutterman, 15 February 2002

Judging from the design, it seems to be an anarchist party.
António Martins, 16 February 2002

Partido Humanista Dominicana
Dominican Humanist Party

PHD flag
image by Randy Young, 4 May 2015

The Partido Humanista Dominicana (PHD) is a left-leaning political party in the political landscape of the Dominican Republic. As of the May 2006 elections, the party has had no success in achieving parliamentary representation in the Dominican National Congress, though they did run a candidate for the 2012 presidential election.

The flag of the party is a bicolor, divided diagonally from upper hoist to lower fly gold over black in what amounts to a reversal of the anarcho-capitalism flag. Within the gold portion of the field are the party's initials in black capital letters (PHD); within the black part of the field are two interlocking gold rings in a variation on the international Humanist Party's infinity symbol logo (∞) or Moebius ribbon. The flags can be seen being waved in what appears to be a political rally. Likewise, it can also be seen in photographs of a rally in 2011 when the party announced its candidate for the 2012 election for President of the Dominican Republic.
Randy Young, 4 May 2015

Partido Movimiento Democrático Alternativo
Democratic Alternative Movement Party

MODA flag
image by Randy Young, 15 May 2015

The Partido Movimiento Democrático Alternativo (MODA, Democratic Alternative Movement Party) was established on 25 November 2007, initially known as the Movimiento Organizador de Aliados (Allies Organization Movement). Source: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partidos_políticos_de_República_Dominicana

The party seems to have several official flags:
  • Tricolor (green/white/orange) with logo in the middle, as seen here.
  • Tricolor with logo, party's name ("PARTIDO" in orange bold capital letters and white outline on the green fringe; "MODA" in orange bold capital letters in the white fringe and below the motto in black letters separated by bullets "Trabajo" (Labor), "Democracia" (Democracy), "Desarrollo" (Development) and "Justicia Social" (Social Justice); "Esta vez decidimos nosotros" (This time we choose) slogan on the orange fringe, as seen here.
  • Flag of the Comisión Ejecutiva (Executive Commission), which is the same as the above flag, only that above the slogan goes the name of the party organ, "Comisión Ejecutiva" (Executive Commission) in green letters with white outline, as seen here.
Also, there seems to be several electoral flags:
    VOTA 10
    image by Randy Young, 15 May 2015

  • Flag of Vota 10, with the same color description (green/white/orange) and in the middle "MODA" in black bold capital letters and below "VOTA 10" (Vote 10), VOTA in black bold capital letters and 10 in white bold capital letters inscribed into a black frame, as seen in this picture taken on 20 April 2010.
  • Flag of Junior Santos VOTA BLANCO, a white horizontal flag with the inscription on top JUNIOR SANTOS in blue capital letters, in the middle a logo, and below VOTA BLANCO (Vote white) in blue capital letters and on the left, a signature (which seems to be the signature of Danilo Rafael Junior Santos, a party member) as seen in this picture taken on 20 April 2010, which seems to be in reference to Danilo Rafael Junior Santos, as seen here.
Esteban Rivera, 14 May 2015

Both the tricolor with slogan and Comisión Ejecutiva flags appear to me in the photographs to be more like wall hangings than actual flags. There is a plastic sheen to the banners, and both have grommets not only on what would be the hoist, but also along what would be the fly, as well as the top and bottom. They remind me of a banner that a club or civic organization might string up above a booth that they are operating at a local market or event, looking like a flag, but not really a flag.

Based on the logo at the center of the Junior Santos VOTA BLANCO flag, along with the other flags seen in the crowd around it, I think this flag is actually associated with the Partido Revolucionario Dominicano (PRD, Dominican Revolutionary Party). You can see the logo better, as well as a graphic of the party flag seen in the crowd, at FOTW.
Randy Young, 15 May 2015

Reformist Social Christian Party
(PRSC, Partido Reformista Social Cristiano)

\ PRSC flag
image by Aveledo Coll, 18 August 2000

Chapter II
Emblem / Motto / Colours / Flag


Article 4.- The Reformist Social Cristian Party bears an emblem or symbol a circle formed by a laurel wreath on its left and a palm branch on its right, whose lower extremes intertwine without their upper extremes touching each other. Around those branches of laurel and palm, two ribbons with the following inscriptions: the upper ribbon, PARTIDO REFORMISTA SOCIAL CRISTIANO; in the lower ribbon, NI INJUSTICIAS NI PRIVILEGIOS ["neither injustices nor privileges"]. Within the circle left by the already described ribbons and branches, there will be an allegory reresenting a dawn on our fields, the sun rising behind the mountains. In front of this allegory, a rooster [red] posing in singing posture, and beneath the rooster, a green machete.

Article 5.- The motto of the Reformist Social Cristian Party is: NEITHER INJUSTICES NOR PRIVILEGES.

Article 6.- The Reformist Social Cristian Party is identified by the vermillion red (colorado).

Article 7.- The flag of the Reformist Social Cristian Party is rectangular shaped, six feet long by four feet wide [2:3], vermillion red coloured, and with the emblem described in article 4 of the current etatutes, embroidered or printed at the centre.

Paragraph: Whenever considered convenient, the size of the flag can be modified, bearing always the proper proportions [2:3] and, in case of need, may not bear the emblem.
Aveledo Coll, 18 August 2000, quoting from the party statutes

Flag of the Reformist Social Cristian Party for the 2000 campaign

PRVSC flag
image by Aveledo Coll, 18 August 2000

This flag, which I saw in photographs of the recent presidential race in the Dominican Republic, had the same proportions as a standerad PRSC flag, in vermillion red, and, instead of the emblem of the Reformist Social Cristian Party, the bore an effigy of former president and candidate Joaquin Balaguer, and some mottos. The only one I saw distinctly (some might have had different mottos, some had only Dr. Balaguer's effigy) read: "¡ADELANTE REFORMISTAS!/ LA PATRIA SOMOS TODOS/ BALAGUER PRESIDENTE 2000" ("Go forward, Reformists!/ We all are the Motherland / Balaguer for President 2000"). This flag was definitely mass used and, given the prominence of Dr. Balaguer over his party, you might call take it as official.
Aveledo Coll, 18 August 2000

Revolutionary Social Christian Party
(Partido Revolucionario Social Cristiano)

PRVSC flag
image by Aveledo Coll, 18 August 2000

The flag of the Partido Revolucionario Social Cristiano is green (Slogan: "¡Vota verde!," "Vote green!"), on which a white lying lozenge with a lying green machete, of which the point is directed at the fly; on the lemmet: PRSC in white. The small flag of the party-supporters were wholly green!
Jaume Ollé and Jarig Bakker, 9 October 1999

Dominican Republic gay pride

Dominican Republic gay pride flag
image by Tomislav Todorovic 28 December 2014

The flag has first appeared at the Pride Caravan in Santo Domingo on 1 July 2012. It was created by Gióniver Castillo Santana of Santo Domingo by replacing blue fields from the national flag with violet, blue and green stripes and replacing red fields from the national flag with yellow, orange and red stripes, arranging them so that green and yellow stripes always come next to the white cross and violet and red stripes come next to the top and bottom edges. A similar design has been shown at the GayJourney.com website for years and is marked as having been designed by the site’s author, Greg Gomes. However, on this flagoid (no evidence of real-life use so far), both upper quarters were simply repainted into red, orange and yellow stripes and both lower quarters were repainted into green, blue and violet stripes in the same way. Mr Gomes' design thus drew more from that of the gay rainbow flag, keeping the order of its stripes unchanged, while the design of Mr. Castillo drew more from the Dominican national flag, counterchanging the rainbow stripes' order so that they always match the same color from the original flag.

The use of this flag has provoked conflict with the police, which tried to confiscate it at first, but eventually requested that it only be removed by the participants themselves; the conflict was even extended to the use of the national flag itself, the participants succeeding in defending their right to use it, for no offense to the flag was made by its flying at the event. The new gay flag was, however, seen by many as an un-constitutional modification of national flag and therefore an offense, which actually provoked the police to act against its use. It also initiated a number of online discussions, Mr. Castillo taking part in them as well. In defense of his flag, he stated that deriving one flag's design from that of another flag cannot be viewed as an offense, especially since Dominican national flag was actually derived from that of Haiti, which in turn was derived from that of France; that the national arms, as used on his flag, can be viewed as a symbol separate from the national flag; that many online shops are selling the items decorated with patterns, many of these purely fictional, which combine the rainbow gay flag with different national flags, and there were no reactions against these so far; and lastly, invited the other participants of the discussions to view a photo gallery he posted at his Facebook profile, which displayed his flag among similar flags from other countries, all under the title "I am not the first, nor will I be the last". Irritated by another participant's comment against his use of the national arms, he stated that he might replace it with a pink triangle for the next year's Pride Caravan, but the use of such flag has not been recorded so far, not was any later use of his original design either.
Tomislav Todorovic, 28 December 2014

Photographs of the gay Dominican Republic community can be found online here and here.
Esteban Rivera, 18 April 2015