Monday, September 26

The Government condemns the attack on Salman Rushdie and recalls that extremism is “a threat to democracy”

The Government has condemned the attack on the British writer of Indian origin Salman Rushdie and recalls that extremism is a threat to democracy and makes societies uninhabitable. This was stated by the Minister of the Presidency, Relations with Parliament and Democratic Memory, Félix Bolaños, during his visit to Cuevas de Almanzora (Almería).

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“Fanaticism and extremism are an attack and a threat to democracies and to the need that all human beings have to live in peace. For this reason, there is only one way to ensure that we have fairer, freer and more liveable societies, and that is the path of respect, tolerance and respect for those who think differently”, he stressed.

In addition, he added that extremism and fanaticism only lead to societies that “are not habitable” and that “are a threat to our lives, to our freedom and to democracy.”

The 75-year-old writer was attacked during a presentation in the state of New York and has been living under threat from Iran for more than 30 years for his novel ‘The Satanic Verses’, considered blasphemous by the Iranian authorities and for which the then Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a decree in 1989 calling for the writer’s death.