Johnson, Macron and Albanese react to Salman Rushdie’s assault: World leaders react to Salman Rushdie’s stabbing

The Indian-born British writer, who has acquired demise threats for his 1988 guide, “The Satanic Verses,” is on a ventilator after being stabbed at the least twice, together with as soon as within the liver. He is anticipated to lose one eye, in accordance with his agent.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated in a tweet that he was “appalled” by the incident and expressed help for Rushdie’s restoration.

“Appalled that Sir Salman Rushdie has been stabbed while exercising a right we should never cease to defend. Right now my thoughts are with his loved ones. We are all hoping he is okay,” Johnson stated Friday.

French President Emmanuel Macron additionally tweeted his help for Rushdie following the assault.

“[For] 33 years, Salman Rushdie has embodied freedom and the fight against obscurantism. 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 his side,” Macron stated.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese additionally condemned the assault, calling it “sickening and cowardly.”

“This senseless violence against a celebrated author is also an assault on global freedom of expression and deserves unequivocal condemnation. May he have a full recovery,” Albanese added.

The 75-year-old novelist — the son of a profitable Muslim businessman in India — was educated in England, first at Rugby College and later on the College of Cambridge the place he acquired an MA diploma in historical past.

He later spent a decade below British safety after his fourth novel, “The Satanic Verses,” prompted the supreme chief of Iran Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to problem a spiritual decree, or fatwa, calling for his demise.

The bounty in opposition to Rushdie has by no means been lifted, nonetheless in 1998 the Iranian authorities sought to distance itself from the fatwa by pledging to not search to hold it out.

However in February 2017, Iran’s Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reaffirmed the non secular edict.

And in 2019, Khamenei tweeted that stated Khomeini’s fatwa in opposition to Rushdie was “solid and irrevocable,” prompting Twitter to position a restriction on his account.

Iranian-born German politician Bijan Djir-Sarai blamed the Iranian authorities for the assault, saying in a Friday tweet: “The Iranian mullahs’ regime is also responsible for this cowardly attack. Anyone who wants normal relations with this regime should know this.”

The suspect within the assault has been recognized as Hadi Matar from Fairview, New Jersey. There has not but been any official response from Iran to the assault.

Nevertheless, a number of hardline Iranian newspapers poured reward on Matar on Saturday, together with the conservative Kayhan newspaper, whose editor-in-chief is appointed by Khamenei.

“A thousand bravos, a hundred God blesses. His hand must be kissed… Bravo to the warrior and dutiful man who attacked the Apostate and wicked Salman Rushdie. The hand of the warrior must be kissed. He tore the vein of Rushdie’s neck,” the paper stated.

One other hardline newspaper, Khorasan, revealed a headline, “The Devil on the Path to Hell” whereas displaying an image of Rushdie on a stretcher.

The information has rattled authors from throughout South Asia and the diaspora, together with Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, who stated she was “shocked” by the information.

“I never thought it would happen. He has been living in the West, and he has been protected since 1989,” stated Nasreen, who is understood for her writings on ladies’s oppression, and who has had a few of her books banned in Bangladesh.

“If he is attacked, anyone who is critical of Islam can be attacked. I am worried,” she stated.

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Aatish Taseer, a British-American author and journalist who had his Abroad Citizen of India (OCI) card — a type of everlasting residency accessible to folks of Indian origin — revoked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019, stated that he was “devastated” by the information.

“Devastated by the news about @SalmanRushdie. He was the first writer I ever met and his determination to defend his freedom (and that of others) in the face of religious extremism has been a constant inspiration. I know he will be ok. He has to be,” Taseer stated.

American writers and organizations have additionally been left reeling from the assault. Rushdie has been dwelling in the US lately.

Press Freedom group PEN America stated in a Friday assertion that the group “is reeling from shock and horror” after Friday’s assault.

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

“Salman Rushdie has been targeted for his words for decades but has never flinched nor faltered,” Nossel stated. “He has devoted tireless energy to assisting others who are vulnerable and menaced.”

Nossel additionally stated that hours earlier than the assault Rushdie had emailed her asking for assist in discovering protected refuge for “Ukrainian writers in need of safe refuge from the grave perils they face.”

CNN’s Eyad Kourdi, Jake Kwon, Alex Stambaugh, Jonny Hallam and Ramin Moshtaghian contributed reporting.