SECURITY MEASURES should be tightened the Chautauqua Institution after the brutal knife attack on Salman Rushdie on Friday.
President Michael E. Hill broke the institution’s silence on the horrific incident that occurred when Rushdie was scheduled to speak in West New York and forthcoming advances in Chautauqua’s security efforts.
“There will be time in the coming days and weeks to reflect on all that we have experienced and we have already worked on how to adapt to yesterday’s horror to ensure our conversations continue,” he said Hill in his statement.
“We will shortly share operational details on how we will continue through the rest of the Summer meeting 2022.
In the meantime, the meeting has already been canceled and the site has been restricted.
On Saturday, the program announced that “the 2pm and 4pm shows will be cancelled.
“Access to the site is restricted to pass holders, residents or on site and staff.”
Service workers and must now have photo ID and be processed at the location checkout for their proper IDs.
Hill mentioned that “what we have experienced is unlike anything in our 150-year history.”
The institution plans to continue its 2022 summer conference series with new security measures to be announced shortly.
“What many of us witnessed was a violent expression of hatred that shook us to the core,” says Hill.
While acknowledging the space in which the facility must grow, the President also addressed the quick action taken by staff and civilians to stop the spontaneous act of violence.
He demands that no one should forget what he calls “some of the best people” to stop the act of hate.
“I saw a member of our staff lunge at the attacker.
I saw Chautauquaners rush onto the stage to secure the perpetrator and allow police to remove him.
“I saw Chautauquans, who are doctors and nurses, rush to care for them selflessly while the ambulance arrived.
“I saw what our minister of the week, Terri Hord Owens, called us to have: a generous, radical love for one another and for this community.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5994447/security-stepped-up-at-salman-rushdie-stabbing-site-as-chautauqua-president-praises-hero-slams-attack-on-freedom/ Security has been tightened at the scene of Salman Rushdie’s stabbing as the President of Chautauqua praises the hero and criticizes the attack on freedom