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You're reading: STRATFOR: Violence against Egyptian troops marks new phase in protests

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Coptic Christian protesters clashed with pro-government forces Oct. 9, killing at least 23 people and injuring 180. If reports of protesters using firearms and violence against security forces are true, this would mark a distinct change in the tactics of such dissenters, as opposition forces may be turning more violent ahead of scheduled parliamentary elections. However, the violence will likely ultimately help the ruling military council, providing it an excuse to slow its plans to hand over power and possibly rallying support from parts of the Egyptian population.

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