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Western Sahara Flag

Western Sahara Flag

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Our digitally printed Western Sahara flags are produced to a high quality, durable knitted polyester. Created to the Flag Institute approved design, by us here in the UK. Each flag is hand finished with a double sewn hem for durability, and a headband, rope and toggle suitable for attachment to any standard flagpole.

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History of the Western Sahara Flag

Where in the world?
Trivia
Most countries see the tricolour flag as the flag of Western Sahara but this is only the flag flown in part of the country.
Technical Specifications
Adopted27th February 1976
Proportion1:2
DesignA black-white-green horizontal tricolour with red triangle on the left hand side and Islamic red five-pointed star and crescent moon in the centre.
Colours
PMSGreen:N/ARed:N/A
Brief History

In 1884 Western Sahara was under the control of the Spanish Empire and the Spanish national flag was flown. The flag design features a yellow-filed band two red bands with a Spanish coat of arms off centre.

In 1931 the Spanish flag changed to a red-yellow-purple horizontal tricolour with Spanish coat of arms at the centre.

Spanish Sahara was combined with Ifni and Cape Juby to create Spanish West Africa in 1946. The flag that was flown was the flag of Spain under General Franco’s Rule. The flag featured a red-yellow-red horizontal bands and the larger Spanish coat of arms. Under pressure from Morocco Spain retreated from Western Sahara in 1976.

Between 1976 and 1979 Mauritania took hold of part of the southern area. The area was renamed Tiris al-Gharbiyya and the flag was a plain green field with a Islamic yellow crescent moon and five-pointed star turned on its side.

In 1979 Morocco laid claim to the Sahara, taking over the Mauritanian area and the rest of the southern provinces. Under Moroccan rule of Western Sahara the flag was is a plain red field and green pentagram.

The flag that is recognised as the flag of Western Sahara is actually the flag of the Sahawi Arab Democratic Republic. The flag is a black-white-green horizontal tricolour with red triangle in the left hand side and the red crescent moon with five-pointed gold star at the centre. This flag is flown in the remainder of the country not under Moroccan control.

The Coat of Arms of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

The Coat of Arms of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic in 1976.

The coat of arms features crossed guns with the national flag draped from the barrel. Above is the Islamic crescent and five-pointed star and underneath a banner with the Polisario motto “LIBERTY, DEMOCRACCY AND UNITY.” At either side are laurel branches.

The Coats of Arms of Moroccan Region

Here are examples of the coat of arms of Laayoune and Dakhla, both regions of Moroccan Western Sahara. There is no main Moroccan coat of arms.

Historical Coat of Arms of Spanish Sahara

During Spanish control of the Sahara the coat of arms was a green shield with large red border that featured a river, a camel and a palm tree. Around the border was grey lions and yellow castles.

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