Salman Rushdie stabbed onstage at NY event, flown to hospital

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Salman Rushdie stabbed onstage at NY event, flown to hospital

New York :Controversial author Salman Rushdie, whose fourth book ‘The Satanic Verses’ brought him to notoriety in 1988 and led to death threats against him for blasphemy, was stabbed while participating in an event in New York state, media reports said.

He was flown to a hospital after purportedly being stabbed in the neck, according to a New York State Police statement, the BBC reported, but there was no update on his health condition.

India-born Rushdie, 75, was speaking at an event of the Chautauqua Institution when a man ran onto the stage and appeared to have punched or stabbed him and his interlocutor, the BBC reported citing eyewitnesses.

According to reports, amid gasps of horror from the audience, a few people ran onstage and managed to restrain the assailant, while others rushed to the aid of the author who had collapsed on the stage.

The assailant has been arrested.

“A State Trooper assigned to the event immediately took the suspect into custody. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene,” the police said.


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  1. A 75 year old frail, unarmed, unprepared man attacked by 24 yr old Hadi Matar of Fairview, New Jersey!
    //// BBC report: Eyewitnesses say he was attacked repeatedly by a man in mask. “Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged,” his agent, Andrew Wylie said. the assailant kept trying to attack Mr Rushdie after he was restrained. “It took like five men to pull him away and he was still stabbing,” Ms Abrams said. “He was just furious, furious. Like intensely strong and just fast.”
    //////Considering that the motive has still not been confessed, i think, it is still early to conclude why he was attacked, although one can safely assume and naturally suspect a certain cult that encourages no questions, brookes no dissent or fair critique or analysis of itself.
    ///Since 1988(34 years) I have been unable to buy and read a copy of Salman Rushdie’ “banned” book and form my own opinion on the matter. I wonder how many people on planet Earth have actually read the “banned” book and how they know what it contains!
    Yet, the attempts to kill never stop: BBC report: Several people were killed in anti-Rushdie riots in India and in Iran the British embassy in the capital, Tehran, was stoned. In 1991 a Japanese translator of the book was stabbed to death, while a few months later, an Italian translator was also stabbed and the book’s Norwegian publisher, William Nygaard, was shot – but both survived.
    /// Those interested may search for and read or listen to Christopher Hitchens’ ( a good friend of Salman Rushdie and unstilting advocate of unabridged freedom of expression) speech “Fire in a crowded theatre (Fire,fire,fire) at Hart House, University of Toronto, November 15th, 2006.

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