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Italian Communist Party, Italy

Partito Comunista Italiana

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image by M. Schmöger, 2 August 2002



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Overview

The old PCI (Partito Comunista Italiana = Italian Communist Party) underwent several fissions and renamings in the last 11 years. The flag of the old PCI showed the logo on a red field. The logo of the PCI was a white circle with the inscription "P.C.I." (in black) under a red flag (with yellow star, hammer & sickle) partially covering the national flag.
M. Schmöger, 2 August 2002


Old Flag

image by M. Schmöger and Tomislav Todorovic, 16 September 2007

Yesterday I saw a flag that is unknown to me. The flag was used by the Italian Communist Party in '48. It is a typical communist red flag with a device in the canton composed of the S&H and the initials P.C.I. below, all in gold. Horizontally centered and vertically shifted to the bottom, was the name of the local organization of the party, also in golden capitals. How official was this? And how was the flag of the party itself? The same just with the stuff in the canton?
Jorge Candeias, 20 January 1999

In 1980, during the protests following the Bologna massacre - terrorist bombing at the central train station of the city, which took place on 2nd August that year - the flag of Italian Communist Party was seen among other flags. It had red field, with gold hammer, sickle, star and party name initials in the canton. The photos on which I was seeing it were actually black and white, but the newspaper reports from the protests did mention the red flag, so this is how it looked in reality. This flag is obviously the predecessor of the one with the logo on the red field, as it became the part of that logo. I have no information when the earlier flag was actually replaced with the later one, but it probably happened in the mid-1980's.
Tomislav Todorovic, 16 September 2007