Looking out


I don’t fully understand the connections between the Republican movement and the other countries represented here by their flags: Poland, Palestine, the Philippines, and China. The relationship between the IRA and PLO is fairly well-known and this connection was most frequently represented in Irish neighborhoods of Belfast (though interestingly, not reflected in Palestine that I noticed). The presence of these other flags, however, remains a mystery to me as I haven’t done enough reading to understand these connections. (Can anyone fill me in?)

It is interesting to note that I didn’t observe the same international connections and relationships being highlighted in Cyprus or Israel/Palestine-the dialogue of these conflicts felt insular, more like an echo chamber than an international community.

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2 responses to “Looking out”

  1. policomic says :

    This is only a guess, but I wonder if it isn’t an expression of solidarity with the “freedom struggle”/independence/anti-colonial overlord movements in all of those nations: Solidarity-era Poland against the USSR, the Tiananmen Square protests in China. Both of those date back to the 1980s, but the mural (or the original version, from which this may be copied) could have originated in that period (though the paint’s certainly been touched up, if that’s the case). It would help to know when the mural (or design) originated.

    • ktrenerry says :

      I think your guess is a good one, that would be my idea as well. Even if the events aren’t exactly correct, the independence/anti-colonial movements are likely the intended connection. I remember seeing Cuban flags someplace as well…will have to look into this more.

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