Crossbow-armed man threatened to ‘assassinate the Queen’ — Analysis

The Windsor Castle Christmas Day intruder was detained under the Mental Health Act, as British tabloids have uncovered a video in which he allegedly threatened to assassinate Queen Elizabeth, in “revenge” for UK’s colonial crimes.

UK media outlets have linked Saturday’s arrest to a Snapchat video of a man claiming that he planned to kill the queen as revenge for the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre of 1919. He spoke in a disoriented voice while wearing a black hoodie, white mask, and holding a crossbow. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry for what I’ve done and what I will do. I will attempt to assassinate Elizabeth, queen of the Royal Family.” 

Just 24 minutes after the video was shared, a suspect was apprehended by armed officers on the castle’s grounds, about 500 meters from the queen’s private apartments, according to the Sun newspaper. The suspect had climbed a wall that was spiked with rope ladders to gain access to the castle’s grounds, setting off alarms and being caught by surveillance cameras. The incident was discovered by police while the queen was enjoying breakfast.

The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, also known as the Massacre of Amritsar, occurred in British India’s Punjab state, where colonial troops killed an estimated 379 protesters and injured about 1,200 more.

Armed intruder detained at Windsor Castle where queen is spending Christmas

The man in the video said he’s an Indian Sikh. “This is revenge for those who have died in the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh Massacre,”He said. “It’s also revenge for those who have been killed, humiliated and discriminated on because of their race.”

Intruder appears to have worn a white sweatsuit and mask from Windsor Castle surveillance footage. This is similar to the outfit seen in the Snapchat video. It was believed that the outfit was inspired by “Star Wars,”The man was referred to as “a” by the man. “Sith,”In a direct reference to Jedi Knights enemies. His name was also claimed by him “was”Jaswant Sing Chail and the name he gave it “is Darth Jones.”

Police haven’t identified the suspect by name, but said they are investigating the video as part of the probe. According to the Mental Health Act section, the intruder will remain under psychiatric care while awaiting prosecution.

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