Fictional Entry—Saturday, November 5, 1997
"V" introduces himself (© DC Comics 1989)
“Remember, remember, the 5th of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.”
The Voice of Fate, British Radio Channel 1:
“People of England, be on guard. A horrible act has been perpetrated upon your government. Tonight, a massive bomb was detonated in the Place of Westminster, home of Parliament, destroying the building. Thankfully, since the bomb was exploded at midnight, there were no citizens in the building so there were no casualties. Several buildings around were damaged in the explosion, though only the Palace itself was a total loss.”
“Witnesses place a tall man with dark hair wearing a Guy Fawkes mask near the scene. When police attempted to apprehend him, he killed several brave Fingermen before escaping. This man is an anarchist and goes against the purity of the Norsefire regime. Be on the lookout for a male terrorist fitting this description. He is wanted in conjunction with the bombing.”
“Such anarchist actions are exactly the kind of beliefs and wrong thinking that must be purged from England. These are desperate times and call for desperate measures. Watch your neighbors for wrongdoing.”
“Are they foreigners? Do they worship in a manner other than the Church of England? Do they have sexual deviancies? None of this is good for the country. If you see anything like this, if you even suspect something like this, inform your local Nose. They will sniff out the truth.”
“Be brave people of England. We, your government, are in control and keeping you safe. This bombing will not go unpunished. This man, who we have learned calls himself “V”, will not be allowed to continue his crimes. For the good of England and the government, stay alert.”
V for Vendetta
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