From the United Kingdom to the United States via France, personalities from all sides denounce an “intolerable” attack and salute the “symbol of resistance” represented by Salman Rushdie, target of a fatwa and stabbed on Friday in the United States .
“Symbol of Resistance”, «ignoble», “intolerable”… the Friday attack on writer Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed in the neck as he prepared to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution, in New York State, created a worldwide shock. On Twitter, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said to himself ‘appalled that Salman Rushdie was stabbed while exercising a right we should never stop defending’. “At this time, my thoughts are with his loved ones. We all hope he is well.”he added.
Earlier, Chuck Schumer, senator from New York, the state in which the attack took place, and leader of the Democrats in the Senate, spoke of a “shocking and appalling attack”. “It is an attack on freedom of expression and thought, which are two fundamental values of our country and of the Chautauqua Institution.he added. I hope Salman Rushdie makes a speedy and full recovery and that the perpetrator receives full accountability and justice.”
The state of health of the British author, whose book The Satanic Verses made him the target of a fatwa from the Iranian Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini in 1989, is not yet “not known”announced the American police.
The French political class also reacts
In France, the president of the Renaissance group in the Assembly Aurore Bergé described in a tweet Rushdie as “the very expression of freedom, it is its face, voice, interpreter” despite “the incessant threats”. Renaissance MEP Nathalie Loiseau sent her “wholehearted support” at “the permanent target of intolerance, talented and courageous defender of freedom of opinion”.
“The religious fanatics who issued a fatwa against him are undoubtedly responsible for it”vilified the deputy Insoumis Alexis Corbière. “Stabbed by Islamist hatred”, castigated the communist leader Fabien Roussel. Boris Vallaud, leader of the socialist deputies condemned an attack “serious and intolerable”. “It is freedom that is under attack”denounced the president of the environmental group in the Assembly Julien Bayou, speaking of a «ignoble fatwa».
For former right-wing presidential candidate Valérie Pécresse, Salman Rushdie “embodies freedom of expression in the face of Islamist totalitarians”. President LR of the Grand Est region assured that “his fight against fanaticism is an example and shows that it must be our requirement and vigilance in the face of obscurantism”.
“It is a symbol of resistance against Islamist totalitarianism that has been attacked”reacted on Twitter the president of the National Rally, Jordan Bardella. “This attack proves that the Islamists will never disarm”added the mayor of Perpignan Louis Aliot, candidate for the head of the National Rally.
The identity of the attacker is not yet known. Salman Rushdie 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.
Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.
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