While I am writing this essay on August 8, 2016, hundreds of thousands of people are in the streets and squares mainly in Istanbul and Ankara for democracy vigils, initiated and named by president Erdoğan. The vigils started on the night of July 15, 2016, after Erdoğan appeared on television and called on people to go out, violate the curfew, and stop the coup attempt. Since then, people have been going out every evening, gathering in main squares and waving the national flag till morning. They have also been recording and disseminating images and videos of the vigils on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, thereby putting their mark on this very unusual moment of street demonstrations in Turkey.

I argue that postcoup democracy vigils alter the conventions of public appearances and voices of the street....

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