that unknown women should be given international peace prize for starting #illridewithyou ..symbolic for he Journey of life— Rahul Easwar (@RahulEaswar) December 15, 2014
Australian commandos have stormed a cafe in Sydney, ending a siege by a gunman who took dozens of people hostage. The standoff in Sydney lasted more than 16 hours and sent shockwaves through the world.
Meanwhile, Muslims in Australia braced for a backlash.
Media outlets, citing police, identified the suspect as Man Haron Monis, 49, an Iranian-born, self-proclaimed Muslim cleric with a lengthy criminal record who is currently free on bail.
"This is a one-off random individual. It's not a concerted terrorism event or act. It's a damaged goods individual who's done something outrageous," his former lawyer said. "His ideology is just so strong and so powerful that it clouds his vision for common sense and objectiveness."
Rachael Jacobs was riding on a train when a Muslim woman next to her silently removed her hijab. Jacobs chased her down and tweeted that she said "put it back on. I'll walk with u". She reported that the woman started to cry, hugged her for "about a minute" and then walked off alone. She started hashtag #illridewithyou, and reports say it was tweeted more than 166k times in just eight hours.
If you're worried about public transport & racist, prejudiced abuse, people want to stand with you. Tweet #illridewithyou to find an ally.— Amy Gray (@_AmyGray_) December 15, 2014