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In the Algerian capital and towns across the region, thousands of demonstrators marched to mark two years after the beginning of mass demonstrations, culminating weeks later in the departure of long-time President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

On Monday, protesters in central Algiers sang slogans against the country’s strong military and President Abdelmadjid Tebboune as they marched toward the famous building of the Grand Poste.

“We are not here to celebrate, we are here to demand your departure,” one placard read.

Traffic jams throughout the city were created by security checkpoints, with identity checks conducted across key flashpoints. Multiple arrests were made.

Police have been attempting to stop demonstrators from gathering around the Grand Poste, the epicentre of the Bouteflika demonstrations.

According to witnesses and posts on social media, marches were held elsewhere in the nation on Monday, including in Annaba, Oran, Setif and Mostaganem.

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