Salman Rushdie, 75, was on a ventilator after being stabbed by Hadi Matar, 24, on stage during an event Friday at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York.
Salman Rushdie is out of the fan and speaking, said the president of the Chautauqua institution, where the Mumbai-born author was stabbed during a stage event.
“@SalmanRushdie turn off the fan & talk! Keep up the prayers from all @chq,” Chautauqua facility president Michael Hill said in a tweet.
Rushdie was in surgery several hours after the attack, and his agent Andrew Wylie said The New York Times that the author was on a ventilator and could not speak. “Salman is likely to lose an eye, the nerves in his arm have been severed and his liver has been stabbed and damaged,” Wylie said. NYT.
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New York State Police said Matar of Fairview, New Jersey, was arrested by the Bureau of Criminal Investigations on Friday for attempted second-degree murder (B Felony) and second-degree assault. He was processed at Jamestown State Police and transported to Chautauqua County Jail. He was arraigned Saturday in a centralized arraignment and remanded without bail to the Chautauqua County Jail.
The attack on Rushdie drew shock and condemnation from world leaders and stalwarts of literature. US President Joe Biden said in a statement on Saturday that he and first lady Jill Biden were shocked and saddened to learn of the vicious attack on the author.
“Salman Rushdie – with his insight into humanity, with his unparalleled sense of history, with his refusal to be bullied or silenced – represents essential and universal ideals. Truth. Courage. Resilience. The ability to share ideas without fear. These are the building blocks of any free and open society. And today, we reaffirm our commitment to these deeply American values in solidarity with Rushdie and all those who defend free speech,” Biden said. .
Prosecutors say Rushdie was stabbed about 10 times in the premeditated attack. “In court, prosecutors said the attack on the author was premeditated and targeted,” an NYT report said, adding that Matar had traveled by bus to the “intellectual retreat in Western New York and purchased a pass that allowed him to attend” the conference. “Rushdie was due to give Friday morning”.