Flags of the World: East Timor

Flown for the first time at midnight on May 19, 2002, the East Timorese flag features multiple triangles and just a few colors. It is the same flag that flew when the people gained their independence from Portugal in 1975. Nine days later, Indonesia took over.

The majority of the flag of East Timor is red, as that is the background color. It represents the struggle for freedom. Two separate triangles are featured, one inside the other, on the left hand side of the flag. The larger triangle is yellow, which represents the traces of colonialism in East Timor’s history. The smaller black triangle represents the dissimulation that needs to be conquered. Finally, the white, five pointed star stands for peace.

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