How #iwillridewithyou Hashtag Rescued the Muslims of Sydney After the Cafe Lindt Siege?

How #iwillridewithyou Hashtag Rescued the Muslims of Sydney After the Cafe Lindt Siege?

The 17-hour armed siege at Martin Place in Sydney finally ended leaving two hostages and a gunman dead when police stormed in the Lindt café to rescue the hostages. The siege left four people injured before it ended with the frenzy shootout in the early hours of Tuesday. Man Haron Monis, 50 year old man who took the hostages and killed two of them died in hospital after the prolonged confrontation with the authorities. Monis is regarded as an ISIS agent who belonged from an extremist and radicalized Islamic background.  Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, described Monis as mentally unstable person whose psychotic actions were cloaked with symbolism of the ISIS death cult.

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Since the siege ended, thousands of Muslims residing in Australia came under pressure and were reluctant to go out fearing the reaction from the natives. Even the Prime Minister’s speech blaming Monis as having link to ISIS and nothing to do with peaceful Muslims did not do much to abate the fear of Australian Muslims. The fear was conspicuous in streets of Sydney that people wearing Islamic apparel could be harassed, it was amazing to see that Australian locals have been showing solidarity to them on social media forums. Most of the locals used Twitter to offer to travel along with them. While the hostages were still in danger, and central Sydney locked down, the natives moved to social media forums to convey message of harmony and tolerance. One of the Australian women initiated the solidarity message that soon soared into a complete social media campaign to show that Australians stood along with their fellow Muslim citizens of the city.

Tessa Kum, a TV Anchor said she tweeted right after she saw a tweet of her colleague Michale James and soon whole twitter was filled with the solidarity tweets towards Muslims and the sight was such a soothing one.

  She then tweeted offering any of her Muslim colleagues ride to home:

Fellow Australians joined on Twitter and Showed Solidarity with the Muslims:

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