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Monday, 15 December 2014

#illridewithyou: hashtag offers solidarity with Sydney's Muslims after cafe siege

#illridewithyou: hashtag offers solidarity with Sydney's Muslims after cafe siege

#illridewithyou: hashtag offers solidarity with Sydney's Muslims after cafe siege




After concerns that people wearing Islamic dress could be harassed,
Sydney locals have been using Twitter to offer to travel with them




Commuters at Town Hall station in central Sydney



Commuters at Town Hall station in central Sydney. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP





With hostages still in danger and central Sydney in lockdown, residents have turned to social media to spread a message of tolerance.


Locals have became concerned about the potential for rising intolerance or aggression towards people wearing religious dress.


One woman started what soon blossomed into a social media campaign to stand in solidarity with the city’s Muslims.


Tessa Kum, a TV content editor and writer living in Sydney, told
Guardian Australia she acted after seeing a tweet from Michael James:




She then posted offering her company to anyone in religious attire on her route.



Fellow Twitter users swiftly joined in, offering their support.






Others picked a broader context to reinforce the statement.


And, much like the #putoutyourbats tribute to Phillip Hughes, the idea has caught on.



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