Johnson, Macron and Albanese react to Salman Rushdie attack: World leaders react to Salman Rushdie stabbing


British author of Indian origin who has received death threats for his 1988 book, “The Satanic VersesHe is on a ventilator after being stabbed at least twice, including once in the liver. According to his agent, he is expected to lose one eye.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a tweet that he was “shocked” by the incident and expressed support for Rushdie’s recovery.

Johnson said on Friday: “Shocked that Sir Salman Rushdie has been stabbed in an exercise of authority, we must never stop defending. Right now my thoughts are with his loved ones. We can all hope. are that he is fine.”

French President Emmanuel Macron also tweeted in support of Rushdie after the attack.

,[For] For 33 years, Salman Rushdie has embodied freedom and the fight against obscenity. He has just been the victim of a cowardly attack by the forces of hatred and barbarism. His fight is our fight; It is universal. Now more than ever, we stand by their side,” Macron said.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese also condemned the attack, calling it “sick and cowardly”.

“This senseless violence against a well-known author is also an attack on global freedom of expression and deserves outright condemnation. He should be fully recovered,” Albanese said.

The 75-year-old novelist – the son of a successful Muslim businessman in India – was educated in England, first at Rugby School and later at the University of Cambridge, where he received his MA in History.

He later spent a decade under British protection following his fourth novel, “The Satanic Verses”, which prompted Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to issue a religious decree, or fatwa, calling for his death. was.

The bounty against Rushdie was never lifted, although in 1998 the Iranian government tried to distance itself from the fatwa, promising not to try to fulfill it.

But in February 2017, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ratified the religious order.

And in 2019, Khamenei tweeted that Khomeini’s fatwa against Rushdie was “concrete and irreversible,” leading Twitter to ban his account.

Iran-born German politician Bijan Zir-Saray blamed the Iranian government for the attack, saying in a tweet on Friday: “The regime of Iranian mullahs is also responsible for this cowardly attack. Anyone who wants normal relations with this regime.” He should know that.”

The suspect in the attack has been identified as Hadi Matar, a resident of Fairview, New Jersey. There has been no official response from Iran on the attack so far.

However, several hardline Iranian newspapers praised Matar on Saturday, including the Kahan newspaper, whose editor-in-chief is appointed by Khamenei, Reuters reported.

“A thousand brave … the brave and dutiful man who attacked the apostate and wicked Salman Rushdie in New York,” it said, according to Reuters, “should have kissed the hand of a man tearing the neck of an enemy of God.”

The news has shocked writers from South Asia and the diaspora, including Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, who said she was “shocked” by the news.

“I never thought this would happen. He has been living in the West, and has been protected since 1989,” said Nasreen, who is known for her writings on the oppression of women, and her Some books have been banned in Bangladesh.

“If he is attacked, anyone who criticizes Islam can be attacked. I am concerned,” she said.

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Atish Taseer, a British-American author and journalist who had an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card – a form of permanent residency available to people of Indian origin – was revoked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019, he said. That he was “devastated” by the news.

“Destroyed by the news about Salman Rushdie. He was the first writer I ever met and his determination to defend my freedom (and that of others) in the face of religious extremism has been a constant inspiration. I know he will be fine.” . That should be,” Taseer said.

American writers and organizations have also been stunned by the attack. Rushdie has been living in the United States in recent years.

Press freedom group Pain America said in a statement Friday that the organization is “recovering from shock and terror” following Friday’s attack.

“We can think of no comparable incident of a public attack on a literary writer on American soil,” CEO Susan Nossel said.

“Salman Rushdie has been targeted for his words for decades, but he has never bowed down or fought,” Nossel said. “He has devoted a tireless energy to helping others who are vulnerable and in danger.”

Nossel also said that hours before the attack, Rushdie emailed him to help “find safe haven for Ukrainian writers who need safe refuge from the grave threats they face.”

CNN’s Aide Kordy, Jake Kwon, Alex Stambaugh and Johnny Hallam contributed reporting.


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