Author Salman Rushdie attacked on lecture stage in New York
CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. (AP) — Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked and apparently stabbed in the neck Friday by a man who rushed the stage as he was about to give a lecture in western New York. A bloodied Rushdie, 75, was flown to a hospital. His condition was not immediately known. His agent, Andrew Wylie, said the writer was undergoing surgery, but he had no other details. An AssociatedA bloodied Rushdie, 75, was flown to a hospital. His condition was not immediately known. His agent, Andrew Wylie, said the writer was undergoing surgery, but he had no other details.
© RFI / France 24 The Iranian authorities have not yet officially reacted to the attack on the British author of Indian origin Salman Rushdie .
The Iranian authorities have not yet officially reacted to the attack on the British author of Indian origin Salman Rushdie, in New York, but the official media speak of an "apostate writer".
"Attack on the Apostate Author of Satanic Verses", thus titled the official IRNA agency or the state television site to talk about the assassination attempt against Salman Rushdie during a conference in the west From New York, reports our correspondent in Tehran, Siavosh Ghazi .
Author Salman Rushdie stabbed onstage before lecture in New York, on ventilator; suspect is from Bergen County, N.J.
Author Salman Rushdie was attacked and stabbed onstage Friday as he geared up to deliver a lecture in western New York. Rushdie, 75, was on a ventilator Friday night, his agent, Andrew Wylie said. He has a damaged liver, severed nerves in one arm and is likely to lose an eye, the agent said. Rushdie was flown to a hospital in Erie, Pa., where he underwent surgery.Dr. Martin Haskell, one of the people one the scene who rushed to help, described the prolific and controversial author’s wounds as “serious but recoverable.”At the scene, cops arrested 24-year-old Hadi Matar of Fairview, N.J.
The main Iranian ultra -conservative daily newspaper Kayhan congratulated this Saturday the man who stabbed Salman Rushdie. "Bravo to this courageous man and aware of his duty who attacked the apostate and the vicious Salman Rushdie," writes the newspaper, whose boss is appointed by the Iranian supreme guide, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. "Keep the hand of the one who torn the neck of the enemy of God with a knife," continues the text.
Following the official line, all Iranian media qualified Mr. Rushdie as "Apostat", with the exception of Etemad, a reform newspaper. The daily Iran, state newspaper, estimated that "the devil's neck" had been "struck by a razor".
The official media also recalled the Fatwa in 1989 of Imam Khomeiny, the founder of the Islamic Republic, who had asked for the writer's death.
Events following Iran's fatwa against author Salman Rushdie
Events following Iran's fatwa against author Salman RushdieFollowing are some key events that followed that death edict - or fatwa - issued by Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini after the publication of Rushdie's 1988 novel "The Satanic Verses", which Khomeini deemed blasphemous to Islam.
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State in recent years, the authorities have talked less about this Fatwa which has never been withdrawn. Likewise, an Iranian institution has always maintained its $ 3 million award offer to anyone who kills Salman Rushdie.
Only an advisor to the Iranian nuclear negotiator team, Mohammad Marandi, said in a tweet that he was not going to cry for a writer who insulted Islam and the Muslims.
He added that the coincidence of this attack with the American accusations claiming that a member of the revolution guards wanted to organize the assassination of John Bolton , the former US National Security Advisor, in full nuclear negotiations , was strange to say the least.
There is no doubt that the assassination attempt by Salman Rushdie will further complicate relations between Iran and the West and nuclear negotiations.
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Authors and friends rally and read for Salman Rushdie .
Friends and fellow authors speak out on Salman Rushdie's behalf during a rally on the steps of the main branch of the New York Public Library.Rushdie's condition has improved and, according to his literary agent, he has been removed from a ventilator.