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Bafatah Movement (Guinea-Bissau)

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Resistência da Guiné-Bissau - Movimento Bafatá
(= Guinea-Bissau Resistance - Bafatah Movement)

Flag of RGB-MB image by António Martins, 8 April 2018

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About the party

It was founded in 1986 as Movimento Bafatá (Bafatah Movement — named after a town in eastern Bissau Guinea), still during the single party regime of P.A.I.G.C. In 1991 it changed its official name to Resistência da Guiné-Bissau (Guinea-Bissau Resistance) and got a solid 3rd place in the 1994 parliament elections (19 seats out of 100). Its electoral results have been falling ever since and there’s currently no R.G.B.-M.B. representatives in the parliament, the party having obtained under 2% in the 2004 election.
António Martins, 7 March 2010

About the flag

Flag of RGB-MB image by António Martins, 7 March 2010

The [first] flag of R.G.B.-M.B. is shown as #2 in both ballot papers reported. It is divided in three panels like the national flag — black at the hoist and green over red at the fly, with a thin light blue laying "T" overall covering the seams of these panels; centered over the intersection a large round emblem (~2/3rds of the height), also light blue and filled with a yellow sun charged with an white open book and a white with black capitals scroll along the bottom edge. The flag ratio is roughly 5:7 as most others’ in the ballot papers are.
António Martins, 7 March 2010

The scroll reads the words "paz" (peace), "progresso" ("progress"), and another word.
António Martins, 7 March 2010, and Eugene Ipavec, 8 March 2010

The 3rd, illegible word on the scroll, (another) party motto, seems to be "Liberdade" (="freedom"), according to this birthday cake (!):
António Martins, 9 April 2018

The flag design seems to have changed after the 2008 (or 2004?) elections, the logo with book, sun, and scroll now replaced with a white rooster and the name of the party written across the top of the flag in white sans serif capitals; the light blue stripes seem to be narrower and the disc seems to be now a standing ellipse, only slightly oblong:

According to to this official presentation, the rooster symbolizes a wake-up call:


Flag of RGB-MB image by António Martins, 8 April 2018

Images lacking lettering and with a circular disc also exist: I suspect that this is the original design.
António Martins
, 9 April 2018


Flag of RGB-MB image by António Martins, 8 April 2018