Black Flags


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1.An organization composed originally of Chinese rebels that had been driven into Tonkin by the suppression of the Taiping rebellion, but later increased by bands of pirates and adventurers. It took a prominent part in fighting the French during their hostilities with Anam, 1873-85.
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And at the zenith of his fame, how he would suddenly appear at the old village and stalk into church, brown and weather-beaten, in his black velvet doublet and trunks, his great jack-boots, his crimson sash, his belt bristling with horse-pistols, his crime-rusted cut- lass at his side, his slouch hat with waving plumes, his black flag unfurled, with the skull and crossbones on it, and hear with swelling ecstasy the whisperings, "It's Tom Sawyer the Pirate
The HISPANIOLA still lay where she had anchored; but, sure enough, there was the Jolly Roger--the black flag of piracy --flying from her peak.
The new era began; the king was tried, doomed, and beheaded; the Republic of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death, declared for victory or death against the world in arms; the black flag waved night and day from the great towers of Notre Dame; three hundred thousand men, summoned to rise against the tyrants of the earth, rose from all the varying soils of France, as if the dragon's teeth had been sown broadcast, and had yielded fruit equally on hill and plain, on rock, in gravel, and alluvial mud, under the bright sky of the South and under the clouds of the North, in fell and forest, in the vineyards and the olive-grounds and among the cropped grass and the stubble of the corn, along the fruitful banks of the broad rivers, and in the sand of the sea-shore.
But as he did not think of giving this order till five hours after the event--that is to say, till two o'clock in the afternoon--two vessels had already left the port, the one bearing, as we know, Milady, who, already anticipating the event, was further confirmed in that belief by seeing the black flag flying at the masthead of the admiral's ship.
And on the fore part of the platform Captain Nemo unfurled a black flag, similar to the one he had placed at the South Pole.
Upon the ocean of commerce it sailed as a pirate ship; it had hoisted the black flag and declared war upon civilization.
Summary: Chandrapur (Maharashtra) [India] February 22 (ANI): Maharashtra Youth Congress workers on Thursday waved black flags at Yoga guru Baba Ramdev's convoy in Chandrapur.
The programmes of Martyred Intellectuals Day include hoisting of black flags at the main points of the DU including Vice-Chancellor's office at 6:15 am.
At many mosques in Faizabad and other Muslim dominated areas in the state, black flags could be seen fixed on rooftops.
The incident occurred after an earlier episode in Meerut on Saturday, when some youth displayed black flags at a rally attended by Adityanath.
The terrorists reportedly raised black flags all over the city as a symbol of their allegiance to the extremist Islamic State.
Palestinians hoisting Palestinian and black flags at the Nakba rally in Ramallah.