Volunteers carefully place the giant banner on the building’s facade [Maher Mezahi/Al Jazeera]

Bordj Bou Arreridj, Algeria – A new phenomenon has gripped anti-government protests in Algeria. It all started with an abandoned building in downtown Bordj Bou Arreridj, a city located 200km east of the capital, now known as “The People’s Palace”.

Previously considered an eyesore, the building took on the new appellation in mid-March when a group of protesters decided to hang a “tifo”, or a large banner, over its facade.

Hundreds of thousands of Algerians have been protesting for more than two months against former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and the country’s ruling elite. 

While the ailing 82-year-old leader was forced to step down, demonstrators are sceptical of those around him, known as le pouvoir

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