Hyde park

An interview with Hatun Tash, the Christian preacher stabbed at Speakers’ Corner

Hatun Tash is recovering well after being assaulted at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park last month. The attacker, who is still at large, appeared to aim for her neck, but Hatun deflected the knife so that it broke off in the folds of her clothes. Her bandaged right hand and scarred forehead are the only visible clues of her near escape. She tells me she started watching footage of the incident but couldn’t bring herself to finish. ‘All I can say is, it wasn’t my time.’ She speaks with the calm of a woman who has faced death before. In May, a mob surrounded her screaming for her blood. Last October,