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An angry mob of protesters waving banners and wielding bats advances on a government building protected by black-clad riot police. Hooded hotheads break open the gates and all hell breaks loose.

The scene looks as if it could have been filmed yesterday at an anti-austerity riot in Athens or an Occupy demonstration in Oakland, California. But then a figure emerges, a beret-clad scar-faced military man who strides up to the protesters and snarls: “What’s the matter, you dissentious rogues, that rubbing the poor itch of your opinion, make yourself scabs?”

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