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As national pride surges, Turkey's flag sellers struggle to profit

ISTANBUL // 25.07.16 // AL-MONITOR

"I don’t know how he did it, but he made his way into our hearts," mused Adnan, a bayrakci (flag seller) in his mid-50s. "I feel like [President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan is part of my family." Since the July 15 coup attempt, successfully beaten back by supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) called to the streets by the president in his now infamous FaceTime address, dozens of bayrakcis have flooded the area around Istanbul's Taksim Square to flog their wares.
 

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[Photo: REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis]