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Ad hoc flags for East Timor

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In 1975-2000, during the Indonesian occupation, selecting a flag to unofficially represent the territory posed a political-vexillological challenge:
António Martins, 05 April 2007

Although the red flag of the Democratic Republic of East Timor, proclaimed by FRETILIN in 1975, have gained a very broad acceptance and is often used to symbolize East Timor even out of any political context (i.e., giving no preference to any timorese party), sometimes the more careful use instead of it more “neutral” designs.
António Martins, 05 December 1999

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FAO flag for East Timor image by António Martins


Grafía flag for East Timor image by Jorge Candeias, 04 January 2000

The Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã published graphics produced by the Spanish company GRAFÍA / INTERPRESS. This company invented a flag to go with these graphics, a total absurdity consisting of the Indonesian bicolour with the yellow and black triangles from the DRET flag at hoist. This thing would be offensive to everybody in East Timor, independentists and integrationists alike. Yet the Spaniards kept on putting it in their illustrations and the Portuguese newspaper kept on publishing it throughout the whole crisis… “journalists”, they say…
Jorge Candeias, 04 Jan 2000

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A variation of this [map on plain background] appears in the news related to Timor of one of the Portuguese newspapers: the outline of the territory merged with an arc with an outer diameter about 80% of what should be to enclose the map.
Jorge Candeias, 27 Oct 1999