Definition: A flag-bearer is anyone – male or female, young or old – who either volunteers to carry the Red Flag (with a golden hammer and sickle, golden star, or any other identifying Marxist-Leninist Communist or Socialist symbols), or who is ordered to carry the Red Flag by an Official of the Communist Party (or another individual – either civil or military – who is suitably empowered to issue such an order). The Red Flag should be affixed to a suitable flag-pole, or hung in a correct manner from a window, door or wall. Whether carried on a pole, or placed on a building or other object (either stationary or movable), generally a single flag-bearer should is responsible for the cleanliness, state of repair and safety of the Red Flag. Secondary flag-bearers are often selected to theoretically take-over these duties, should the primary flag-bearer be incapacitated or otherwise unable to meet these duties. It is an offense of the highest order to wantonly ‘abandon’ a ‘Red Flag’.
Red Flag Defined:
The Red Flag is ‘red’ because it represents the blood of the Workers sacrificed all over the world to secure rights, justice and freedom for the ordinary people. The tradition of a ‘Red Flag’ may have began during the 1871 Paris Commune. The ‘golden’ or ‘yellow’ hammer represents industrial workers, whilst the ‘golden’ or ‘yellow’ sickle represents agricultural workers. The ‘golden’ or ‘yellow’ colour represents a ‘New Dawn’ for the International Proletariat. Within the Soviet Union, the Red Flag was ‘red’ with a yellow hammer and sickle emblem on each side – but in 1980 – a new flag was instigated. This Red Flag was ‘red’ on both sides, but only carried the yellow hammer and sickle on one =-side. This 1980 Red Flag did not invalidate the pre-1980 version – with both types being regularly flown.
Rules & Regulations:
- Never relinquish control of the Red Flag unless officially ‘relieved’ of this duty by a suitably qualified individual.
- The Red Flag must never fall into the hands of the fascists.
- When carried in public, the Red Flag must be held high and be easily visible.
- The flag-pole must be suitable for both the Red Flag and venue within it is flown.
- When marching, the Red Flag must be permanently on display and not ‘wrapped’ around the pole (due to the wind).
- The Red Flag must be held either vertically or diagonally and not be allowed to ‘catch’ in surrounding obstacles.
- The Red Flag must be kept in good repair and a clean state.
- Verbal challenges to the Red Flag must be met with either a crushing silence, or dialectical clarity.
- A Red Flag bearer must be progressive of nature and suited to this task.
- The Red Flag represents the power of the combined Working Class,
- Unless otherwise stated, Red Flag bearers are unarmed.
- The Red Flag represents the blood of the Workers spilt in the name of greed by the bourgeoisie.
- If a Red Flag is discovered on the ground, it is the duty of every Communist to pick it up and assume responsibility for its welfare until relieved.
- The Red Flag represents the power of Marxist-Leninism and the spirit of Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong (as well as other Revolutionaries).
- The Red Flag represents the International Communist Party (and all its contemporary factions), with impartiality (regardless of any personal allegiance of the Red Flag bearer).
- The Red Flag represents Proletariat Unity and rejects Bourgeois Division.
- The Red Flag (of the Soviet Union) represents all oppressed people.
- The Red Flag symbolises universal hope for the masses.
- When the Red Flag is lowered (for whatever reason), it must be folded with respect, and suitably placed in storage for safe keeping.
- The Red Flag is imbued with the dialectical power of Socialism and Communism. In times of warfare, unless otherwise ordered, the Red Flag bearer advances upon the enemy positions ‘unarmed’.
“Glory to the Soviet troops, who hoisted the banner of victory over Berlin!”
My family have carried the Red Flag for decades – and now it is the duty of myself and my partner: