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Icelandic anti-European flag (2010)

[Icelandic anti-EU flag]

Anti-European flag used in Iceland - Image by Ivan Sache, 12 September 2010

Le Figaro, 23 February 2010, shows a photo credited to the AFP agency, taken on 22 November 2008 during a street demonstration organized in Reykjavik. The protest flag is the European Union flag with a red saltire - probably made of adhesive tape added on a "plain" flag, since the stars are visible under the red saltire.

Ivan Sache, 12 September 2010

"Chinese European Union" flag (2008)

[Chinese EU flag]

"Chinese European Union flag" used in Sweden - Image by Eugene Ipavec & Željko Heimer, 19 November 2009

People demonstrating in June 2008 in Göteborg against the increasing government watch over the Internet and claiming Sweden and the European Union are becoming more and more like Communist dictatorships, which they don't like, use the flag of People's Republic of China with red replaced by medium blue.

Elias Granqvist & António Martins, 30 October 2009

"Bolkestein Go Home" flag (2005)

[Anti-Bolkestein flag]

"Bolkestein Go Home" flag - Image by Eugene Ipavec & Joe Mc Millan, 18 September 2011

A protest flag (photo) used in Brussels, 2005, was not against the EU itself but against a specific EU policy, the Bolkestein Directive, named after former European Commissioner Frits Bolkestein.
The homemade flag in the photo has the EU stars serving as a canton to the US flag; I guess the intended message is that the directive was trying to Americanize the European labor market. If so, it is basically a counterpart to the mock-Chinese EU flag.
Resemblances to early US flags with the stars in a circle are, I imagine, coincidental.

Eugene Ipavec, 18 September 2011

Polish anti-European flag (2002)

[Polish anti-EU flag]

Anti-European flag used in Poland - Image by Ivan Sache, 18 December 2002

A TV guide shows a picture probably taken during a anti-European Union demonstration somewhere in Poland. Two flags are shown, a Polish national flag and a European Union flag defaced with a red cross in saltire. There is no legend to the picture, only a credit to AFP (Agence France Presse).
The flag undoubtly promotes rejection of the adherence to European Union. The picture is too small to check the details of the flag but the "no" cross was probably made with red sticky tape.

Ivan Sache, 18 December 2002

Yugoslavian protest flag (1999)

[Yugoslavian anti-EU flag]

Anti-European flag used in Yugoslavia - Image by António Martins, 26 August 2003

A regular European Union flag with a golden swastika (standing on a side) on the middle was used in a demonstration protesting against perceived European Union cooperation in the NATO bombings against Yugoslavia in 1999.

António Martins, 26 August 2003