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Salman Rushdie is on a ventilator and is beginning to get well

The assault happened in a middle devoted to be taught and mirror. A video on TikTok that was subsequently eliminated confirmed the chaotic scene simply after the attacker jumped onto the stage within the usually quiet setting. Mr Rushdie, who lived comparatively brazenly after years of semi-clandestine existence, had simply sat down to present a lecture when a person attacked him.

A crowd of individuals instantly rushed to the place the place the creator lay on the rostrum to supply assist. Shocked members of the viewers might be seen all through the amphitheater. Whereas some screamed, others received up and walked slowly to the stage. Folks started to assemble within the aisles. Somebody might be heard shouting “Oh my God” repeatedly.

Safety on the Chautauqua Establishment is minimal. In the principle amphitheater, which commonly hosts common music acts and superstar audio system, and the place Mr. Rushdie, there are not any bag checks or steel detectors.

Little is understood about Mr Matar, the person accused of the assault. At a home listed as his residence in Fairview, NJ, nobody answered the door on Saturday morning. Many neighbors of Mr. Matar stated they didn’t know him or his household, though some residents, after they noticed a photograph of Mr. Matar stated they acknowledged him as somebody who walked across the neighborhood along with his head bowed and by no means made eye contact.

In Lebanon, the mayor of Yaroun, a village on the southern border with Israel, stated Mr Matar’s father lives there and authorities had tried to achieve him with out success. The daddy lives in a stone home within the middle of the village and tends herds of goats and sheep, stated the mayor, Ali Tihfe.

“He refuses to see anybody, and even open the door for us,” stated Mr. Tihfe in a phone interview.

Rushdie had been below menace of an assassination try since 1989, about six months after the publication of his novel The Satanic Verses. The guide fictionalized components of the prophet Muhammad’s life with pictures that offended some Muslims, who believed the novel was blasphemous. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who led Iran after the 1979 revolution, issued an edict referred to as a fatwa on February 14, 1989. It ordered Muslims to kill Mr Rushdie.

Hwaida Saadcontributed reporting from Beirut.

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