Writer Salman Rushdie was attacked on stage on Friday while participating in an act in Chautauqua, a town six hours west of New York City, local media reported.
According to initial information, the Indian-British author, threatened with death by the Iranian government for his writings since 1988, has been stabbed, and his condition is unknown.
In photographs and videos published on social networks, a person, identified as Rushdie, can be seen on the ground and being attended to on stage.
Carl LeVan, a writer who claimed on Twitter to have witnessed the attack, said that Rushdie it was “stabbed several times before the attacker was subdued by security.”
The local police, contacted by Efe, refused to provide information.
“We are deeply concerned by the news that former PEN America President Salman Rushdie was attacked today just before giving a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. We condemn the attack and wish him a speedy recovery.”he pointed out through Twitter PEN International, an association of writers that defends freedom of expression and the press.
Rushdie75, was the subject of a “fatwa” (religious decree) in Iran that sentenced him to death for blasphemy and forced him to spend years in hiding after the publication of his book “The Satanic Verses” in 1988.
The work, a novel in which fiction is combined with philosophical reflection and a sense of humor, aroused the ire of Shiite Muslims who considered it an insult to the Koran, Muhammad and the Islamic faith, and was banned in India. , Pakistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
For about two decades Rushdiewho has lived under the protection of bodyguards for decades, lives in New York City and was scheduled to speak today at the Chautauqua Institution, a cultural center in western New York.