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Libya state TV anchor clutches AK-47 on-air during pro-Gaddafi screed

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A newsreader on a pro-Gaddafi Libya state TV channel appeared on air brandishing a rifle and finger-wagged his way through a rant of support for Gaddafi and condemnation for the opposition.

Translated, via BusinessInsider:

“I’m ready at any time, awake or asleep, to defend the country. This is our weapon,” the anchor said. “Who in the world can distribute arms to his people if he does not trust his people? Show me a man or a president in the whole world who dares to arm his civilian people if these people are not genuinely loyal to the leadership. In the name of almighty god, I pledge to you dear leader that I will sacrifice my last breathe, my last bullet, my last drop of blood, my last baby and child for you. Nobody can touch you. We will not allow them to harm you. And you are too superior to them and more dignified than them.”

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This clip is from MSNBC’s “Way Too Early,” broadcast March 28, 2011.

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