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Salman Rushdie remains on a respirator after being stabbed during a performance in New York

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The author has injuries to one eye, one arm and the liver, according to the author’s agent. Police have identified the assailant as 24-year-old Hadi Matar.


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Euskaraz Irakurri: Salman Rushdiek Arnasgailu Bati Konektatuta Jaritzen Du, Egoera Larrian

british writer Salman Rushdie75, has been the subject of a knife attack during a presentation in the state of New York, and has been rushed to the hospital, as confirmed by the New York Police in a statement.

The 75-year-old former Booker Prize winner was speaking at a Chautauqua Institution event when an individual approached him and managed to knock him down.

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As soon as the writer’s presentation began, and always according to witnesses, an individual with a black mask jumped on stage and attacked Rushdie.

According to the latest police report, Rushdie has received a stab at least once in the neck and one in the abdomen, which is why he entered the operating room. There she is receiving assisted breathing, since she is unable to breathe on her own.

“The news is not good (…) Salman probably will lose an eye. The nerves in his arm have been amputated and his liver has been stabbed and damaged,” the writer’s agent, Andrew Wylie, told Reuters. New York Times.

Police have taken the suspect into custody and identified him as Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old New Jersey citizen. However, the motive for the attack has not yet been determined, according to police sources. Washington Post.

On the other hand, Rushdie’s interviewer during the event has suffered a minor head injury, although he has since been released.

Rushdie intervened in a debate precisely on the cities that offer asylum to persecuted writers, as can still be seen in the organization’s program City of Asylum.

Rushdie’s conference – which according to the organization is not the first he has delivered there – was entitled “More than shelter” and would deal with the character of the United States “as a land of asylum and home for freedom of creative expression.”

Rushdie, of Indian origin (born in Bombay), currently holds dual British and American citizenship, and has resided in the United States since 2000.

YOU MAY BE INTERESTED: Salman Rushdie, the writer who angered Islamic fundamentalism

The writer has always criticized in his writings the governments of the countries in which he has lived and religious extremism.

“I never considered myself a writer concerned with religion, until a religion began to persecute me,” he says in his article The Problem of Religion, in which he adds that the problem lies not only in Islamic fundamentalism, but also in fanaticism. Christian, embodied in the figure of Tony Blair and in the US government George W Bush.

The publication of the satanic versesin 1988, provoked an immediate controversy in the Muslim world because of the alleged irreverence with which the figure of the Prophet Mohammed is treated.

India banned the book on October 5 and South Africa on November 24. After several weeks, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Somalia, Bangladesh, Sudan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Qatar they had also banned the novel.


Iran He considers it blasphemous and the then supreme Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a decree in 1989 calling for the writer’s death. The Iranian government eventually distanced itself from Khomeini’s ‘fatwa’, but in 2012 a semi-official Iranian religious foundation raised Rushdie’s reward from $2.8 million to $3.3 million.

Rushdie is alive because a policeman saved him, New York Governor Kathy Hochul has said. Two hours after the attack, the governor appeared before the media to confirm that “he is alive” and that he is “being cared for according to what he needs.”

“It was a state police officer who stood up and saved his life, protected him and the moderator (of the conference),” Hochul said.

“The attack on Salman Rushdie in New York is cowardly. This is the result of hate campaigns systematically carried out by fanatics and radicalizing ordinary human beings,” he wrote on Twitter. Tushar Gandhigreat-grandson of Indian peace leader Mahatma Gandhi.

Source: Eitb

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