Matar was pinned down by viewers members who jumped onstage to guard the panelists, and a physician amongst them helped administer CPR to Rushdie earlier than he was airlifted to hospital. Rushdie’s interviewer Henry Reese, 73, was additionally damage within the assault, however was discharged from an area hospital after remedy.
Reese, who’s co-founder of an organisation that gives residencies to writers going through persecution, and Rushdie have been slated to speak about US as a refuge for writers in exile. In an announcement issued later, Reese known as Rushdie “one of many nice defenders of freedom of speech and freedom of artistic expression”, including, “The truth that this assault may happen within the US is indicative of the threats to writers from many governments and from many people and organisations.”
Iran’s fundamentalist clerical management led by Ayatollah Khomeini had handed a dying fatwa on Rushdie following the publication of his e-book ‘Satanic Verses’ in 1988. The fatwa had by no means been formally revoked, however after years in hiding and beneath safety, Rushdie, presently dwelling in New York Metropolis, had currently resumed regular engagements.
French President Emmanuel Macron was amongst world leaders who spoke for the creator, saying “for 33 years, Rushdie has embodied freedom and the struggle towards obscurantism. He has simply been the sufferer of a cowardly assault by the forces of hatred and barbarism. His struggle is our struggle; it’s common. Now greater than ever, we stand by his facet.”
US nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan denounced the “appalling” assault and stated members of the Biden-Harris administration have been praying for Rushdie’s speedy restoration. New York governor Kathy Hochul known as the assault “horrific”. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres too condemned the assault