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Author Salman Rushdie was attacked during an event in New York City. According to several media reports and a video posted on social media, a man climbed on stage and assaulted him.
Although the man was taken away, authorities have not yet expanded their information about the subject and the situation in which Rushdie is.
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Threats toward Salman Rushdie
Rushdie’s publications had already generated death threats from Iran in the 1980s. “The Satanic Verses,” one of the writer’s books, has been banned in Iran since 1988. Some Muslims considered the book “blasphemous.” “A year later, Iran’s late leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie’s death,” Bloomberg reviewed.
The media outlet also recalled that more than $3 million had been offered rewards for anyone who killed Rushdie. “Iran’s government has long since distanced itself from Khomeini’s decree, but anti-Rushdie sentiment persisted. In 2012, a semi-official Iranian religious foundation raised the reward for Rushdie from $2.8 million to $3.3 million,” it detailed.
This year, the writer published a memoir, “Joseph Anton,” about the fatwa.
Rushdie was placed under police protection by the UK following threats from Iran, but that did not prevent attacks against his close circle, one of his translators, Hitoshi Igarashi, was killed following threats from the Ayatollah.
Williams Perdomo es periodista y escritor, especializado en las fuentes Política y Cultura.