British author Salman Rushdie was attacked on Friday as he prepared to deliver a speech in New York state. Associated Presss (AP). An Andhra reporter rushed to the stage when Salman Rushdie was introduced and was seen punching or stabbing the writer. The offender collapsed and the individual was subdued.
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23h15: Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed at a conference in New York state, underwent surgery
Immediately following the attack on an amphitheater stage at a cultural center in Chautauqua, upstate New York, Mr. Rushdie was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he underwent emergency surgery, his agent Andrew Wylie said on Twitter.
He promised to provide regular updates on the 75-year-old intellectual who has lived in New York for many years.
10:38 pm .: The French political class protests this “barbaric” act.
The French political class on Friday rose up against the “barbaric”, “disgusting” and “intolerable” act after author Salman Rushdie was stabbed in the neck as he prepared to hold a conference in New York state.
Within the government, Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malak took to Twitter to condemn the “barbaric act” and pay tribute to “33 years of courage”, while National Education Minister Bob Ndiaye hailed the writer as a “symbol of freedom and scholarship”. No Islamic superstition will stand”. National Assembly President Yaël Braun-Pivet, a “resolute thinker”, described “how disgusting the cowardice of the victim of today’s attack”.
To the leader of the revivalist delegation in the Aro Berke assembly, Salman Rushdie was “the epitome of freedom”.
“This is a symbol of resistance against the Islamic dictatorship that has been attacked,” said Jordan Bardella, leader of the National Rally, for his part. “This attack proves that Islamists will never disarm,” said Perpignan Mayor Louis Aliot, a candidate for the leader of the National Rally.
“The religious fanatics who issued the fatwa against him are undoubtedly responsible,” scorned Insoumis MP Alexis Corbière. “Stabbed with Islamophobia”, slammed Communist leader Fabian Roussel.
Boris Vallad, leader of the Socialist Deputies, condemned the “severe and intolerable attack”, while Julien Bayeu, head of the environment committee in the assembly, issued a “disgraceful fatwa”.
For former right-wing presidential candidate Valérie Pécresse, Salman Rushdie “expresses freedom of expression in the face of Islamic dictators”.
Interim President of the Republican Party Annie Jeniverdt assessed that “the struggle of our democracies must be unwavering against an enemy long in the game to curtail our liberties.”
9:27 pm: Reactions are piling up
Social media has been reacting to Salman Rushdie’s rant several times.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was appalled by Friday’s attack on fellow author Salman Rushdie in the United States.
“I am appalled to see Sir Salman Rushdie stabbed while exercising a right that we should not stop defending,” said Mr. Johnson responded in a tweet.
7 pm: State Governor says Salman Rushdie is still alive
Salman Rushdie is still alive, Governor of New York state told a press conference. He’s “getting the care he needs,” she continued.
6:57 PM .: Images of Salman Rushdie helicopter take off
6:50 pm: Salman Rushdie, an icon beyond himself
Salman Rushdie urged the Muslim world not to downplay the issue since his fatwa in 1989. “My problem is that people continue to see me through the sole prism of the fatwa,” as a free thinker who wants to be a writer, not an icon.
But radical Islam’s rise to power in recent years has brought it back to the West’s eyes: a symbol of religious obscurantism and the struggle for freedom of expression.
6:34 pm .: Health of “unknown” writer
“A suspect rushed onto the stage (an amphitheater) and attacked Rushdie and the interviewer. Rushdie suffered a stab wound to the neck and was airlifted to a hospital. His condition is still unknown,” New York State Police said in a statement, adding that the assailant was immediately arrested and taken into custody. .
6:20 p.m.: Suspect in custody
Police have confirmed to the BBC that a suspect has been arrested.
The man who interviewed him suffered minor injuries in the attack.
6:10 pm: Salman Rushdie is hit on the neck
Salman Rushdie was stabbed in the neck, New York State Police said of the BBC. He was taken to a local hospital and his condition is unknown at this time.
The attacker is in custody.
5:50 p.m.: Chataqua County Police confirm a man has been stabbed
The book “The Satanic Verses” is written by Salman Rushdie. The former leader of the Iranian revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, called for the book’s death after its publication, deeming it blasphemous against Islam.
Contacted byAFPPolice in Chautauqua County, where the writer was speaking, confirmed that a man had been stabbed, without identifying the victim.
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