In the comments on our recent post about PEGIDA (Patriotische Europäer Gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West), Mark Spahn asked about the flags being thrown in the trash by the stylized figure in PEGIDA’s logo.
The top and bottom ones were obvious — the Islamic State and the Nazi swastika, respectively — but Mr. Spahn was having trouble identifying the other two. The second from the top is the logo of the “anti-fascist” anarchists, but the third was not at all clear. It was evidently some sort of Communist icon, with the gold star and the red background. But what exactly was it?
After some diligent Internet sleuthing, I discovered a high-resolution PEGIDA image that solved the mystery. The identity of the third flag may surprise you:
Yes, that’s right: it was the flag of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party until 1995 — it took some four years after the demise of the Soviet Union for the party to abandon the hammer and sickle.
It’s an interesting choice for the logo. Was that the only commie flag the PEGIDA people had on hand when they designed their logo? Maybe there were a lot of Kurdish Communists in Saxony in the old days…