An unidentified man attacked 75-year-old creator Salman Rushdie onstage on the Chautauqua Establishment in western New York on Friday morning.
The New York State Police mentioned they’re investigating the assault on Rushdie, who suffered a stab wound to the neck and was airlifted to a neighborhood hospital. A State Trooper was current on the occasion and instantly took the male suspect into custody. Rushdie’s situation stays unknown. Rushdie had lengthy been the sufferer of demise threats over his writings.
The particular person interviewing Rushdie on stage was additionally attacked and suffered a minor head damage, in accordance with the state police.
Governor Kathy Hochul thanked the state police for his or her “swift response.”
“Our thoughts are with Salman and his loved ones following this horrific event. I have directed state police to further assist however needed in the investigation,” Hochul wrote on Twitter, an hour after the assault.
Simply earlier than delivering a lecture on the Chautauqua Establishment, a male suspect approached Rushdie on stage and commenced “punching or stabbing him 10 to 15 times” earlier than Rushdie spoke, in accordance with the Related Press. The assault lasted round 20 seconds.
Rushdie’s 1988 guide, “The Satanic Verses,” is a fictional story that’s thought-about blasphemous by some Muslims. His guide was banned in a number of nations, most notably Iran, the place the late chief Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or non secular decree, calling for Rushdie’s demise.
Rushdie’s guide additionally led to violent protests that killed 12 individuals in Mumbai. The creator went into hiding below a British authorities safety program for 9 years.
The Chautauqua Establishment is an historic group and middle in western New York close to the Pennsylvania border. Every summer time, it hosts authors, musicians, and efficiency artists for a sequence of lectures and occasions.