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In an annual meeting of Vlakhs from all over the world, I saw two
flags hoisted side by side: the Greek flag and
another one, with a yellow background. Unfortunately, there was no
wind at all and it was impossible to see the design.
In the same report, one could see lots of banners, apparently either parish banners or just decorative ones,
Thanh-Tam Lê, 14 April 1999
According to Hugh Poulton, Balkans (1991); the Vlakhs are a
Latin-speaking people - they speak a form of Romanian - living south
of the Danube in Albania,
Bulgaria, former Yugoslavia
(predominantly in Serbia and Vardar
Macedonia) and, primarily, in Greece. They are
an historically old people who antedates the more modern arrivals to
the Balkan Peninsula like the Slavs, Bulgars and
Perhaps because of this, they, unlike other minorities, do not appear to live in particularly concentrated areas, with the exception of the 'Vlakh capital' Aminciu (Metsovon) in the Pindus mountains at the headlands of the five rivers of the Pindus range. The Vlakh language is called Aromanian.
I doubt whether the Vlakhs would have hoisted their own flags, since they are regarded by Greeks as Greeks with an accent and have had several hard times. During the second World War an autonomous 'Principality of the Pindus' was declared by an extremist named Alcibiades Diamandi of Samarina, consisting of Epirus, Macedonia and all of Thessaly, with Diamandi as the Prince and a compatriot as the head of the 'Roman Legion' - an army of Vlakh fascists.
Jarig Bakker, 14 April 1999
Here is what I received from the Aromanian Association of Paris:
"Les Aroumains n'ont pas un drapeau national" (Aromanians do not have a[ny] national flag)
Thanh-Tam Lê, 23 June 1999