Last modified: 2013-05-18 by rob raeside
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image by Marcus Schmöger, 15 April 2013
M5S (MoVimento 5 Stelle = Five Star Movement)
M5S is a political party founded in 2009 by actor/comedian Beppe Grillo, as a result from several protest rallies (Vaffanculo Day = F**k You Day) and the experience from several civic lists for municipal elections. The party does reject the term "party", as the main part of its agenda is against the Italian partitocratic system itself. It organizes itself mainly over the internet (Grillo's blog beppegrillo.it) and rejects the usual party hierarchy, so Beppe Grillo is neither president nor secretary, but (self-styled) spokesperson ("megafono"). The five stars in the name and the symbol refer to main parts of the platform: public water, sustainable transport, development, connectivity, and environmentalism.
M5S, after already having some success in regional and municipal elections in 2010-2012, became the surprise winner of the February 2013 elections: about 25% of the votes, and thus the third-strongest force after the Center-Left and Center-Right coalitions. Its intransigence, in particular its reluctance to enter in any coalition with one of the old parties, has left Italy in limbo since the elections.
The flag shows the logo on a white field ; there are many, obviously
locally produced, versions of the flag, so that the logo differs in size as does
the ratio of the flag [2,3,4,5,6,7,8]. In addition, several of the local lists
have slightly to heavily modified versions. Beppe Grillo personally has the
rights to the logo, that shows five yellow stars under the black inscription
MOVIMENTO (the "V" in red), and in base the URL.
 flag no. 233 in Italian political flags collection Schmöger, from Reggio Emilia branch
Marcus Schmöger, 15 April 2013