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After Turkey coup bid, a potent blend of images bolsters Erdogan-as-savior

Flag-waving Turks nightly throng city plazas across the country, rallying around nationalism, Islam, and democracy.

At the edge of the crowd in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, where thousands of flag-waving Turks have rallied every night this week, was a single carpet, just large enough for four or five people to pray shoulder to shoulder.

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