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• Large-scale protests erupted in Alexandria, Egypt’s second city, after the funerals of victims of the unrest. The death toll over the past six days was reported to have risen to 102.
The still-tribal nature of Libyan society means Gaddafi controls not only the army and security forces, which would almost certainly step in if there was serious political upheaval, but also other key constituencies. Recent protests in Benghazi and Derna over housing shortages were seized upon as evidence of spreading trouble, but local grievances have not coalesced into opposition at the national level, Libyan opposition figures admit.
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