What exactly happened on Christmas morning in Windsor? Was the Queen the target of a serious premeditated assassination attempt or a harmless imbalance? British police have so far disclosed the facts sparingly. On Sunday, December 26, thirty-two hours after the events, she announced that a man had managed to enter the grounds surrounding the grounds of Windsor Castle at 8:30 a.m. on Christmas morning. The alarm was immediately triggered and the individual was arrested within a minute, without having managed to enter any building. A crossbow was then found near him. The 19-year-old man from Southampton is being held under Mental Health Act.
Succinct, the statement seemed to reduce the matter to a simple imbalance. Monday, the newspaper The Sun released a more disturbing video. Twenty-five minutes before his intrusion, the intruder had posted on the Snapchat social network a pre-recorded video in which he announced in a strange staging wanting to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II. Wearing a white mask hiding his face, a black hooded sweatshirt, he slowly aims the camera with his crossbow. In an electronically distorted voice, he launches into a message mixing political explanation and mythology of the saga Star Wars : “I’m sorry for what I’ve done and what I’m going to do. I will attempt to assassinate Elizabeth, queen of the royal family. It is revenge for those who died in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919. It is also revenge for those who have been killed, humiliated or discriminated against because of their race. I am a Sikh Indian, a “Sith”. My name is Jaswant Singh Chail, my name is Dark Jones. «
The massacre in question took place in April 1919 in the Punjab, India, near the present-day Pakistani border, when the British army fired point blank at peaceful demonstrators who had come to protest the arrest of two separatists: between four hundred and more than a thousand people were killed.
References to « Star Wars »
As for the references to Star Wars, they are everywhere: at the back of the man in the video is a portrait of Darth Malgus, a minor character located on the dark side of the « force » in the saga. The order of « Sith » to which the man refers is of the same ilk. « Jaswant Singh Chail » appears to be his real name – although police are not yet confirming his identity – while « Dark Jones » possibly refers to Darth Vader – the main villain of Star Wars – and to James Earl Jones, the actor who recorded his voice.
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