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Political uniform


A number of political movements have involved their members wearing uniforms, typically as a way of showing their identity in marches and demonstrations. The wearing of political uniforms has tended to be associated with radical political beliefs, typically at the far-right or far-left of politics, and can be used to imply a paramilitary type of organization.

A number of countries have legislation banning the wearing of political uniforms. Many also ban members of their police and armed forces from taking part in political activity when in uniform.

In Germany, political uniforms are forbidden.

Political uniforms were forbidden in Sweden during the period 1933-2002. The law existed to prevent Nazi groups from wearing uniforms.

In the United Kingdom, the Public Order Act 1936, passed to control extremist political movements in the 1930s such as the British Union of Fascists, banned the wearing of political uniforms during marches. Though this has rarely arisen in recent decades, in January 2015 the Leader of Britain First Paul Golding was convicted for wearing a political uniform. Later in November 2016 the deputy leader of Britain First Jayda Fransen was convicted for wearing a political uniform.

Notable uniformed political groups have included:

"Blackshirts":

"Blueshirts":

"Greenshirts":

"Redshirts":

Other:

Political uniforms have sometimes taken the form of headwear:

Other uniformed movements:

The youth sections of some political movements have also been uniformed:



  • Black Sash a non-violent white women's anti-apartheid organization in South Africa
  • Ku Klux Klan in the United States
  • Britain First, a far-right group who wear green jackets and flat caps
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