Monday, December 15, 2014

Sydney Siege - #IllRideWithYou Users Support Muslims, Others Share Selfies

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Some Twitter users pledged support for Australian Muslims using the #IllRideWithYou hashtag after the Sydney siege, while other social media users shared selfies they took at the scene of the hostage situation involving an armed Islamist which ended a couple of hours ago, after more than half a day.

The now dead gunman, later named as Man Haron Monis held about 30 people hostage in a cafe in Sydney, Australia killing one hostage, before being killed by the Australian security forces. The extremely horrific situation didn't stop some sight seers from mobbing the scene, and some even seized the opportunity to take selfies, while also looking very happy like the guy above...smh.

On a more positive note, thousands of Twitter users began a new hashtag after the #SydneySiege began to wane. At the same time as #PrayForSydney was trending, social media commenters made it clear they would not tar Muslims in Australia and around the world with the same brush as the self-professed cleric and now dead Jihadist. This was how it began. Some Australians noted that Muslims were removing hijabs on public transport in fear they would be targets of reprisals.

According to social analytics website Topsy, the #Illridewithyou hashtag had been tweeted more than 166k times in the eight hours following @sirtessa’s tweet. It continues to trend even now. The initial person whose story started it all says she's overwhelmed and thanks everyone.

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