FAMOUS author Salman Rushdie (75) was punched and then stabbed on stage, ahead of a speech he was supposed to give in Chautauqua, near Buffalo, America.
Rushdie, who once “earned” a fatwa for his writing, was attacked as he went on stage to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institute, where he was attending a discussion about the United States as an asylum for writers and other artists in exile, and as a land of freedom. creative expression.
– A masked man jumped onto the stage from the audience and attacked Ruždi and the host of the program. The writer was stabbed in the neck and transported by helicopter to the nearest hospital. His health condition is not yet known. The presenter suffered a minor head injury – the police announced in their first address.
According to witnesses, the attacker was caught and detained, and Rushdi, allegedly with the assistance of those present, managed to get off the stage, where he was previously lying and where he was given first aid. Photos from the scene of the attack show visible bloodstains on the wall behind the place where the writer was attacked, and traces of blood were also seen on his chair.
The writer, who was born in India, has lived under the shadow of a constant threat of death in recent decades. His book “The Satanic Verses”, published in 1988, was banned in Iran the same year, because many Muslims saw it as an insult and blasphemy due to its depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.
The book triggered an avalanche of protests, with protesters demanding “his head”. A year later, the late Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie’s death. A reward of 2.8 million dollars was offered for whoever kills Rushdi.
Faced with death threats and a fatwa, the writer went into hiding for almost a decade with the help of the British government and police, appearing only sporadically in public.
Meanwhile, the Iranian government has distanced itself from Khomeini’s decree, but anti-Rushid sentiment remains. Even today, you can hear advocates of the thesis that Islamic religious laws cannot be changed and that the fatwa for Salman Rushdie is still in force. Ten years ago, an influential Iranian religious foundation raised the “reward” for Rushdie’s death to $3.3 million.
Despite everything, Rushdi remained a strong critic of Islamic fundamentalism, constantly pointing out the perniciousness of all, especially religious exclusivity.
WHERE WAS THE SECURITY?
WITNESSES from the scene claim that Rushdi came to the hall without visible security, and when the attack happened, a dozen spectators from the front rows ran to help. Some caught and restrained the assailant, while others devoted themselves to the injured writer. According to eyewitnesses, the author of “Midnight’s Children” waited for help for five to ten minutes, and then with the assistance of those present, he got off the stage on his feet. Many immediately wondered where Rushdie’s security was, because he has not left home without an escort for decades.
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