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Salman Rushdie ‘off ventilator and able to talk’ after stabbing

According to the Associated Press, Sir Salman Rushdie, author, has been removed from a ventilator. He is now able to speak, a day after he was stabbed.

The 75-year old was airlifted from his home to the hospital where he underwent hours of surgery. This was in advance of a lecture that he was scheduled to deliver in New York on Friday afternoon.

On Saturday, the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office disclosed that he had been stabbed 12 times, including in his neck and face.

Sir Salman was punctured by one of the facial wounds. Another wound, in the abdomen, resulted in a puncture to the liver of the author.

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Multiple stab wounds were also found in the abdomen and chest.

Andrew Wylie, Sir Salman’s agent, informed the Associated Press that the author was not being ventilated anymore and was speaking now.

Saturday’s plea of not guilty was made by the suspect to attempted murder.

Hadi Mattar was 24, and appeared in court in a black and yellow jumpsuit with a white mask. His hands were cuffed in front.

Image: Hadi Matar arrives in court. Pic: AP


The attack

Sir Salman, a British-born Indian writer, was being introduced to the Chautauqua Institution. A man stormed the stage after he had started stabbing him.

As the audience and staff pinned him down, he fell to the ground.

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The reaction of the world to Sir Salman Rushdie’s stabbing

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Witnesses rush for help after attack

Julia Mineeva Braun, a witness, told Sky News that a man appeared suddenly from the left-hand side (dressed in black)

“It was very fast… We thought he was fixing his microphone. Then we saw the knife. He began to stab him in the neck… then Mr Rushdie got up, and started running. We are still shocked.”

US President Joe Biden stated that he and Jill Biden were both “shocked” and “saddened” by the attack.

“Salman Rushdie stands for fundamental, universal ideals with his insight into the human condition, his sense of story and refusal to be silenced.

“Truth. Courage. Resilience. Ability to share ideas and not fear. These are the foundations of any open and free society.


Rushdie’s book was outlawed in Iran

Sir Salman, who currently lives in New York City, became an American citizen in 2016 and was scheduled to speak to Henry Reese from the City of Asylum organization, which is a residency program for writers in exile facing persecution.

They were to discuss America’s role in exile as an asylum for writers, artists and freedom of expression.

After being deemed to contain blasphemous passages, his fourth book, The Satanic Verses was banned in many countries, including Iran, in 1988.

1989 saw Iran’s leader AyatollahRuhollah Khomeini issue a fatwa (or edict) calling for the death of Sir Salman.

Although he was in exile for many years, he told a German magazine that he felt his life had returned to “relatively normal”.

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Sir Salman Rushdie stated to Sky News in 2017 that there were threats to.

Rishi Sunak, a prime ministerial hopeful, has demanded that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard be officially declared a terrorist organization following the attack.

According to the Sunday Telegraph, the Conservative leader candidate said that the stabbing should be a wake-up call for the West

The attack sparked both praise and concern in Iran.


“I am happy that he was attacked”

Reza Amiri (27-year-old Iranian deliveryman) told the Associated Press that he didn’t know Salman Rushdie but was happy to learn that he was attacked for insulting Islam.

“This is the fate of anyone who insults sanctities.”

However, others expressed concern that Iran could be even more isolated from the rest of the world due to high tensions over its tattered nuke deal.

Mahshid Barati (39-year-old geography teacher) said that he felt those who committed it were trying to isolate Iran. “This will adversely affect relations with many, even Russia and China.”

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