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image by Tomislav Todorovic, 29 December 2022
This flag is used by Griko and Grecanico people in South Italy. It represents
the Greek appearance in South Italy starting in 8th century B.C.
The Griko people (also known as Grecanici in Calabria region), are a Greek community. They are found principally in regions of Calabria and Apulia (peninsula of Salento).The Griko are believed to be remnants of the once large Ancient and Medieval Greek communities of southern Italy (the ancient Magna Graecia region), although there is dispute among scholars as to whether the Griko community is directly descended from Ancient Greeks or from more recent medieval migrations during the Byzantine domination. There are about 80.000 Griko people in South Italy.
The Griko dialect, sometimes spelled Grico, is the dialect of Italiot Greek spoken by Griko people in Salento and (also called Grecanico) in Calabria. Some Greek linguists consider it to be a Modern Greek dialect and often call it Katoitaliótika ("Southern Italian") or Grekanika.
The flag is also used on separatism demonstrations in South Italy. It is under use and it has actual background in Italy the last 3 years.
Alexandros Katechis, 28 December 2022