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.
© David Hartley/Rex/Sipa Salman Rushdie, a writer fighting Islamism for decades.
A symbol of attacked freedom but still alive. Salman Rushdie was the victim of an assassination in New York on Friday August 12, when he was about to speak at a conference. Hailed ten times on the neck, abdomen and arm, the writer was hospitalized and then placed under respiratory assistance, his condition leaving the loss of one eye. Three days later, the news is optimistic: Rushdie no longer needs a respirator and he started to speak again. "The recovery path has started [...] the injuries are serious, but its condition is evolving in the right direction," said his agent Andrew Wylie in a statement transmitted to the Washington Post. After the attack, the question of the responsibility of political powers continue to arise. The suspect, Hadi Matar, an American of Lebanese origin and Shiite obedience, obviously dedicates a cult in Hezbollah and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran washes his very theocratic regime which launched, by The voice of Ayatollah Khomeiny, a fatwa on Salman Rushdie on February 14, 1989, after the publication of his work Les Verses Satanique. This Monday morning, the Iranian government, so far silent, "categorically" denied any responsibility in the attack on the author. "No one has the right to accuse the Islamic Republic of Iran," added Nasser Kanani, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. To read also: Salman Rushdie: "Muslims will end up revolting against fanatic Who devours their world "worse, Nasser Kanani rejects responsibility for ... Salman Rushdie himself" and his supporters ". All deserve, according to him, "to be blamed and even condemned," he concluded during his weekly press conference in the capital, Tehran. "By insulting the sacred things of Islam and crossing the red lines of more than a billion and a half of Muslims and all the followers of divine religions, Salman Rushdie exposed himself to the anger and rage of people ", he added. A position shared by Mohammad Marandi, the counselor of the negotiator team on the Iranian nuclear file: “I will not shed tears for a writer who denounces an endless hatred and contempt for Muslims and Islam. Likewise, the Iranian conservative press gave it to their heart by singing the praises of Hadi Matar. Thus, the daily Kayhan wrote: "Bravo to this courageous man and aware of his duty who attacked the apostate and the vicious Salman Rushdie […] kiss the hand of the one who has torn the neck of the enemy of God with a knife. »»
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.