A video shot outside a CERN building in Geneva, Switzerland showing a fake human sacrifice has triggered an investigation after it has circulated online. Officials at CERN, home to the world’s largest particle accelerator, say they’ve launched an internal investigation over the spoof video filmed on its campus appearing to mimic a human sacrifice.
The video shows cloaked persons entering a courtyard and gathering around a statue of Lord Shiva. One person then uncloaks and a girl steps out. She then lies down on the ground with another cloaked person circling her and finally, seemingly, ‘murdering’ her.
An off-camera voice recording the video reacts with an expletive, horrified at the sight. On its website, CERN called the video “a work of fiction showing a contrived scene.”
“These scenes were filmed on our premises but without official permission or knowledge,” a Cern spokeswoman told The Guardian. “Cern does not condone this type of spoof, which can give rise to misunderstandings about the scientific nature of our work.” The “investigation” under way was an “internal matter”, she said. The Guardian reported that the video has raised questions about security on Cern’s campus.
The Geneva police has been in contact with Cern about the video but they have not been involved in any official investigation, reports indicate.
On security procedures and access to the campus, Cern spokeswoman told the Guardian: “Cern IDs are checked systematically at each entry to the Cern site whether it is night or day”. She also hinted at the fact that those performing the ‘sacrifice’ had the access badges required to be in the campus.
Scientists pour in from around the world for round-the-clock work at CERN’s accelerators around Geneva. CERN said sometimes accredited personnel “let their sense of humor go too far.”
(with inputs from agencies)