Safety concerns loom as writers show public support for Rush

Safety concerns loom as writers show public support for Rush

Postprzez geemongG » 20 sie 2022, o 09:42

Safety concerns loom as writers show public support for Rushdie


Under the watch of counterterrorism officers and police in tactical gear, hundreds of people gathered in front of the New York Public Library on Friday (Aug 19) to show support for Salman Rushdie, the author stabbed multiple times at a literary event a week ago.

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Irish novelist Colum McCann, British writer Hari Kunzru and others read passages from Rushdie's works from the top of the flagship library branch's steps off Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.

Below, at a distance enforced by organisers, a crowd of about 400 people gathered to listen, breaking out into a chant of "Stand with Salman" when the event concluded.

Some held signs depicting Rushdie and quoting him saying, "If we are not confident of our freedom, then we are not free."

Police say Rushdie was attacked by a 24-year-old New Jersey man who rushed a stage and stabbed the writer in the neck and torso at a literary festival in western New York last week. Rushdie, who was rushed to a hospital, survived.

There were no bag checks or metal detectors to screen for weapons ahead of the appearance by Rushdie, who had been living under a death sentence for 33 years.

The suspect has pleaded not guilty to second-degree attempted murder and assault charges.
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