A new flag has gone up in Ballymena – can you tell what it is?

FacebookTwitterEmailWhatsAppMANY different flags can be seen flying from lamp posts locally but now a new flag has arrived in Ballymena. And what the flag represents may have had some people scratching their heads. The flag is linked to the Catalonia area of Spain and was put up in recent weeks in the Cushendall Road area […]

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One of the flags at Ballymena’s Cushendall Road.

MANY different flags can be seen flying from lamp posts locally but now a new flag has arrived in Ballymena.

And what the flag represents may have had some people scratching their heads.

The flag is linked to the Catalonia area of Spain and was put up in recent weeks in the Cushendall Road area near Dunclug along with other flags.

Wikipedia gives the following description for the flag: “The Estelada (Eastern Catalan: [əstəˈlaðə]; pl. Estelades; full name Senyera estelada, “starred flag” or “lone star flag”, from estel, “star”) is an unofficial flag typically flown by Catalan independence supporters to express their support for either an independent Catalonia or independent Països Catalans (Catalan Lands, i.e. the territories where Catalan is traditionally spoken).

“The use of this flag as a protest symbol within Catalan nationalism has become more notable since the 1970s’ Spanish transition to democracy.

“The design of the Estelada comprises the red-and-yellow bars of the Senyera, with the addition of a five-pointed star in a triangle at the hoist

“It wasn’t adopted as the national flag of the proclaimed Catalan Republic (2017), the legitimacy of which was disputed; instead the Senyera flag was used.”

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