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Ultra-rightist movements

Last modified: 2013-08-13 by zoltán horváth
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Falange Boricua


image by Tomislav TodoroviŠ, 08 July 2013

The name of this movement could be loosely translated as "Puerto Rican Phalanx". It was founded in March 2000 as a Puerto Rican counterpart of the Spanish Phalanx [1] and allegedly banned in May same year, after having attempted to attempting to blockade US military bases in Puerto Rico [2, 3]. Although it was soon refounded under another name and possibly ended its activities some time afterwards (see below), its website still exists, displaying the info about the party flag, which is charged with red yoke and arrows on black field [4]. The flag image at the website shows the openings on the yoke in white, but that must be an error, created by a neglect while creating the image from an original which must have had red yoke and arrows on white beckground. It is possible that this flag has inspired the Venezuelan Phalanx to adopt the same design in early 2002. Along with its own flag, the movement also used the Cross of Burgundy flag as the symbol of Hispanity (Hispanidad), as well as the Grito de Lares flag and the flag of the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico, which were both considered important national symbols [4].
Tomislav TodoroviŠ
, 08 July 2013


National Syndicalist Movement of Puerto Rico (Movimiento Nacional Sindicalista de Puerto Rico)


image by Tomislav TodoroviŠ, 08 July 2013

This movement was founded in 2000, as the refoundation of Falange Boricua [2]. Its website existed from 2004 to 2009, but the latest content was from 2005, which suggests that the movement did not outlive that year [5]. The flag was a combination of those of Falange Boricua and of the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico red yoke and arrows, outlined black and superimposed on white cross potent, all on black field. The image of this pattern did appear side on the website homepage [6], but it is not distinguishable from black page background and its use as a flag is to be confirmed indirectly, by its use at the site of The Phalanx /(La Falange)/, a minor Phalangist party ffrom Spain, where it appeared along with the flags of other Latin American Phalangist movements [7]. The white cross should actually be seen behind the yoke and through its openings, however this was covered by the outlines due to the image size.
The white cross should actually be seen behind the yoke and through its openings, however this was not shown, just as in the original image, because the standard FOTW image size seems to make it impossible to show these details. (If anyone thinks that it can still be done, may feel free to try!)
Tomislav TodoroviŠ, 08 July 2013

Sources:
[1] Falange Boricua website - Info on the movement
[2] Phalangism in Latin America at Wikipedia
[3] Report on illegalization of the Falange Boricua
[4] Falange Boricua website - Symbols
[5] National Syndicalist Movement of Puerto Rico website at the Internet Archive
[6] National Syndicalist Movement of Puerto Rico - homepage with the flag image
[7] The Phalanx website at the Internet Archive - links to the Latin American Phalangist movements' websites (Image)