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Turkish flag: What it means to me

13 June 2014 Last updated at 00:49 BST

Turkey's reverence for its national flag is stated right at the start of its national anthem.

On Sunday, during clashes between the police and Kurdish protestors, a masked demonstrator scaled a flagpole in a military base and took down the Turkish flag.

The event horrified many in Turkey and has provoked new levels of flag support.

Ekrem Bitmez spends every day making Turkish flags in his workshop in the Istanbul neighbourhood of Gaziosmanpasa, and is passionate about its importance.