The commander-in-chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Hosein Salami, warned the French magazine Charlie Hebdo remember what happened to the writer Salman Rushdiewho was attacked more than 30 years after the publication of a novel in which he “insulted Islam.”
“I advise the French and directors of Charlie Hebdo magazine to look at what happened to Salman Rushdie”, Salamí said during a ceremony, according to information from the agency Mehr.
The British writer of Indian origin suffered a stab attack in which he lost sight in one eye in NY in August 2021 for having “attacked Islam” in his novel “satanic verses”, published in 1989.
iranian ayatollah Ruhola Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for the rushdie murder in 1989 and anyone involved in the publication of the book, forcing the writer to spend years in the secrecy.
The Iranian regime denied all responsibility for the attack on Rushdie in August, blaming the writer for the attack.”for insulting muslims” with his novel.
“After many years, a young Muslim man bravely took revenge on Salman Rushdie and no one could save him.”, affirmed Salamí in reference to the man who attacked the writer with a knife during a conference in New York.
“Don’t play with the Muslims,” warned the military.
charlie hebdo called on December 8 a contest of ccaricatures of the supreme leader of Iran, Ali Khameneito support “the Iranians who fight for their freedom”, in reference to the protests that have shaken the country since September, after the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, for wearing the Islamic headscarf incorrectly.
Tehran condemned the contest and assured that “does not accept insults against its Islamic, religious and national values in any way”.
As a first response to the contest, Iran closed the French Research Institute in Iran on the 5th, in reaction to the “silence” in Paris about the cartoon contest.
French satirical magazine charlie hebdo will publish an issue on Wednesday featuring new caricatures of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as well as criticism of the repression and violence that the country lives as a result of the protests.
“What do the mullahs understand about desire and passion? They don’t understand much. They are obsessive and their only pleasure is to control others, so they have to scare, contain and suppress. They cannot help their fellow men to prosper, because they are not themselves,” reads an editorial published Tuesday in Farsi by its director, known as Riss.
The new cover, advanced in the Twitter account of the satirical magazine, expresses: “Mullahs definitely cannot make women laugh”accompanied by a drawing of a nude woman from whose anus four miniature figures of Khamenei protrude. A similar cover was published on January 7, coinciding with the anniversary of the attack on the magazine’s headquarters in Paris.
These actions by the magazine were not liked in Tehran and Iranian Foreign Minister Hosein Amirabdolahian made a threatening statement on his Twitter account. “The act insulting and indecent from a French publication on caricatures of religious and political authority will not be left without an effective and decisive responseAmirabdolahian warned.
The magazine suffered cyber attacks last week for the publication of the cartoons.
The terrorist group Hezbollah also condemned “strongly” this Tuesday the cartoon contest launched by the magazine about the ayatollah and asked the French government to take action and punish those responsible.
“Imam Khamenei is not just the leader of a great country, but the imam of a nation and a religious authority for tens of millions of believers,” according to a statement from the press office of the powerful pro-Iranian movement Hezbollah.
In addition, he called on the government of Emmanuel Macron to “separate” its political conflict with Iran and not allow “shameless magazines like Charlie Hebdo to undermine the sanctity and dignity of Muslims.”
(With information from EFE, AFP and Europa Press)