The author’s state of health satanic verses is currently “unknown”, according to the police, who announced the arrest of a suspect.
British author Salman Rushdie, whose controversial book “satanic verseshad made him the target of a fatwa by Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989, was stabbed in the neck on Friday August 12 by a man at a conference in western New York and his state of health isunknown“, according to the police.
“A suspect ran onto the stage (of an amphitheater) and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer. Rushdie suffered an apparent neck injury after being stabbed and was airlifted to hospital by helicopter. His condition is not yet known.“, said the police of the State of New York, in a statement, stating that the attacker had been immediately arrested and taken into custody.
“The most terrible event has just happened at the Chautauqua Institution – Salman Rushdie was attacked on stage. The amphitheater is evacuated“Wrote a witness on social networks. Video images posted on social networks show spectators in a theater rushing on stage to help someone seen on the ground. According to a witness interviewed by the American media CNN, the suspect, a man in a black T-shirt, ran towards the scene of this conference to hit the author. A few seconds after the fact, part of the public would have tried to control the individual. The attack took place around 11 a.m. local time (5 p.m. in France). According to comments by New York State Governor Kathy Hochul reported by CNN, Salman Rushdie is currently hospitalized and “urge“.
Salman Rushdie, 75, was preparing to give a lecture in an amphitheater in Chautauqua, in northwestern New York State, near Lake Erie which separates the United States from Canada. The person who was to give the floor to the writer was also “slight head injury“, according to the police. The Chautauqua Institution, a cultural center, said in a statement that it is “was coordinating with law enforcement and rescue to respond to the public following today’s attack on Salman Rushdie“. Witnesses in the amphitheater, including journalists, tweeted that the room had been “evacuated“.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said,landedby aggression. I am “appalled that Sir Salman Rushdie was stabbed while exercising a right we should never stop defending“Reacted Boris Johnson in a tweet, alluding to freedom of expression.
A “fatwa» asking for his assassination
Salman Rushdie, born in 1947 in Bombay, India, two months before its independence from the British Empire, tries not to be reduced to the scandal caused by the publication of “satanic verses“, which had set the Muslim world ablaze and led in 1989 to a “fatwaasking for his assassination.
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“My problem is that people continue to perceive me under the unique prism of the ” fatwa ”“, said a few years ago this free-thinker who wants to be a writer, not a symbol. But current events – the rise to power of radical Islam – have constantly brought it back to what it has always been in the eyes of the West: the symbol of the fight against religious obscurantism and for freedom of expression. Already in 2005, he considered that this “fatwahad been a prelude to the attacks of September 11, 2001. Forced from then on to live in hiding and under police protection, going from cache to cache, he called himself Joseph Anton, in homage to his favorite authors, Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov . He had to face immense loneliness, further increased by the break with his wife, the American novelist Marianne Wiggins, to whom “The verses…are dedicated.
Settled in New York for a few years, Salman Rushdie – arched eyebrows, heavy eyelids, bald head, glasses and beard – had resumed an almost normal life while continuing to defend, in his books, satire and irreverence.