Last modified: 2011-02-09 by francisco gregoric
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The flag is blue, white, green and black. It also have 13 stars
symbolizing the 13 departments of the province on the black box in the
upper left corner.
The top blue stripe represents the justice, water resources such as the lakes of the [Andes] Cordillera, rivers and irrigation canals.
The central white stands for the union of all the colors.
The green of the bottom stands for hope and wealth of the land to agricultural production-livestock forests and mountain valleys.
The black [canton recalls] the name of the province and the main river that irrigates it.
Federico Javier Russo, 14 Jul 2009
The Province of Río Negro is located in the Patagonia. It is one of the "new" Argentine provinces, because it became one in 1957. Before that it was a national territory depending on the Argentine Presidency. Therefore it did not have any historical local flags.
It does not have a provincial flag yet, but it is in the process of adopting one. On December 11, 1997 the provincial law No. 3168 created a special comission in the Provincial Counsil of Education in order to make a public contest for the creation of a provincial flag. The law is based on a project by the UCR provincial legislator César Barbeito.
The law No.3168 regulated that later a provincial flag law would be made with the design winner of the contest.
According to the annex of the Law No.3168, the contest will be free and the projects would be received at local schools.
This annex also defines the following:
The ADN agency reported on 15 June 2007 that Carlos Peralta, from the
Justicialist Party, has urged the Executive of the province to launch a
contest for the provincial flag. Bill #3168, passed on 11 Decembre
1997, prescribed that a Special Commission, linked to the Provincial
Council for Education, should launch a contest for the design of the
provincial flag. Nothing significant had been done in the last eight
years regarding that matter. The very same Carlos Peralta, together
with other members of the Justicialist Party and of Encuentro, had
already complained in March 2005 about the lack of action.
Ivan Sache, 1 Jul 2007
The coat of arms was created by Decree No. 965 on October 27, 1969. As the details were not completely clear, later the symbollogy and construction details were fixed by Law No.1594 on Septermber 22, 1982.
It had an oval shape, blue above and white below. This standed for the will of the province to integrate Argentina. At bottom of the white part, a river that recalled the Río Negro (Black River) that gives its name to the province.
The figure of an indian from the Comahue watching the horizon (the progress) appeared. The spear standed for strengh.
The thirteen white stars standed for the thirteen departments (subdivisions) of the province.
According to the official explanation, the olive branches standed for the pacification made in the region by the desert campaigns and the quepís hat recalled the campaigns to the desert that brang the territory to the country. The cross stand for the spiritual and cultural conquest made by Christianity.
In 2009 this coat of arms was derogated, and the original coat of arms was instaurated again.
The 1969 model was considered discriminatory by the Mapuche community of Río Negro, because of all the meaning related with the desert campaigns.
It was also said that the original 1963 was derogated by a de facto government (In 1969 the president was General Onganía who had deposed constitutional President Arturo Humberto Illía by a coup of State in 1966. And that this 1969 model was chosen during the same de facto government.
Francisco Gregoric, 31 Aug 2007 and 1 Feb 2011
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