“The Secretary General was shocked to learn of the attack on the famous novelist. Salman Rushdie,” said a statement released Friday by his spokesman.
Guterres wished Rushdie a speedy recovery, saying, “In no case is violence a reaction to the words spoken or written in the exercise of the freedom of thought and expression of others.”
The New York Times (NYT) reported that according to Rushdie’s agent Andrew Wyllie, the Mumbai-born controversial writer was on a ventilator and could not speak.
“The news is not good. Salman is likely to have lost an eye, a broken vein in his arm and a damaged liver,” Wylie said in a statement to the NYT.
Rushdie, who had faced Islamist death threats for years after writing “The Satanic Verses,” was stabbed to death by a 24-year-old New Jersey resident at an event in western New York state.
Had matri (24) The resident of Fairview, New Jersey has been identified as the suspect in the stabbing RushdieNew York State Police Major Eugene Stanizewski told a news conference Friday evening.
Rushdie (75) was stabbed in the neck as he was on stage châteauqua The Institution, a non-profit community on Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state, is home to approximately 7,500 people on any given day during the nine-week season.
Stanizewski said Rushdie was provided medical treatment by a doctor who was in the audience until emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene. “The doctor started first aid immediately” on Rushdie. The writer was then taken to a local trauma center and “undergo surgery” at around 5 p.m. local time, several hours after the attack at around 10:47 p.m.
Responding to a question on Pea’s nationality, Staniszewski said, “I don’t know yet.”
Asked how he would describe Rushdie’s situation, Stanizewski said, “We’re trying to get an update and it’s something we’re watching closely.”
He said officers are “in the process of obtaining search warrants for various items. There was a bag at the scene. There were also electronic devices” and added that at the moment, it is believed the suspect was “acting alone”.
He said officials have no indication of a motive at this time “but we are working with the FBI, the Sheriff’s Office and we will determine what was the cause and the motive for this attack”.
Rushdie was to speak at the special Chautauqua lecture series program, to discuss the topic “more than a shelter” on the United States as a refuge for writers and other artists in exile and as a home for freedom of creative expression. as discussed”.
he joined Henry ReeseCo-founder of the Pittsburgh nonprofit City of Asylum, the world’s largest residency program for writers living in exile under threat of persecution.
Stanizewski said that at around 10:47 local time, Rushdie and Reese (73) came on stage at the Chautauqua Institution for the event. “Soon thereafter, the suspect jumped onto the stage and attacked Rushdie, stabbing him in the neck at least once and in the stomach at least once.”
Stanizewski said that several members of the organization and the audience ran towards the suspect and dragged him to the ground. A New York State Police personnel present at the institution, assisted by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputy, took the suspect into custody.
Officials said Reese was taken via ambulance to a local hospital, treated for facial injuries and later released.
State police are being assisted in the investigation by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI. Officials said Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt “will determine the appropriate charges as the investigation continues”.
Michael Hill, president of the Chautauqua Institution, said the organization is closing Rushdie and Reese as well as their families “in prayer at this time.”
“What we experienced at Chautauqua today is an event unlike anything in our nearly 150-year history. We need to bring people together in the community, to learn and to do so, creating solutions through action, developing empathy was established to do and to take irresistible. Problems. Today, we are called to take on the worst of all human traits. Fear and Hate,” Hill said.
Mark Wallace, CEO of the Counter Extremism Project (CEP), said his thoughts and prayers are with Rushdie and his family after Rushdie suffered a “stupid” attack on his life.
“Rushdie is a champion of free speech who has been under threat of assassination since Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, issued a fatwa against him in 1989. Constant calls for his execution by the world’s leading state Regardless. Rushdie, the sponsor of terrorism, has refused to be intimidated. His bravery and commitment to his values should be celebrated at this difficult moment,” Wallace said.