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Hmong (Laos)

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[Flag of the Hmong] image by Jaume Ollé

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The Hmong of Northern Laos, and their Organization Chao Fah, struggle against the current Laotian government.

The flag hoisted is all red, with in each corner a yellow figure (like Siva, in the upper part with four arms and in the lower part with only two arms); in the upper centre is a yellow six-pointed star and in the lower centre is a yellow circle (the sun); in the centre of the fly are three arrows: the upper arrow is yellow; the central (double size of the others and pointed to two parts) is white; and the lower is blue.

A photo of this flag is available in the review Soldier of Fortune, Volume 18, number 1, January 1993, Boulder Co, USA.
Jaume Ollé, 11 November 1996

The Flags of Aspirant Peoples [eba94] chart shows this as above.

Between 1975 and 1980, 350,000 inhabitants attempted to leave the country, including 70,000 Hmongs (1/3 of the ethnic population) Several of them have settled in French Guyana.
Ivan Sache, 16 September 1999

I'm quite certain the upper right and left icons represent Shiva (is that the six-armed goddess?), so the lower two might be other gods.
Nathan Lamm, 21 October 2003