Following the Sydney siege, which has now entered its 12th hour without any resolution, the Australian community have come out in solidarity to support the Muslims in the country over fears that they may be targeted on streets.
A heart-warming hashtag has emerged on Twitter, after hundreds of Australians offered to accompany Muslims to work in case they don't feel safe due to the ongoing hostage crisis at Lindt Cafe in Sydney.
The hashtag, #illridewithyou, began trending on Twitter, with some commuters volunteering to travel on buses and trains with worried Muslim companions, while others offered to give them a lift in their cars.
— John Champion (@champion23) December 15, 2014
Within a few hours after it first appeared, the hashtag started trending on Twitter and is being widely praised as a novel way of combating racism and bringing Australians together in such difficult times.
A Twitter post under the trending hastag noted how a simple gesture by an Australian citizen helped a Muslim women.
— Nick Bassett (@nickbassett1981) December 15, 2014
Australia Unites on Twitter with #IllRideWithYou
#illridewithyou and I will stand with you my brothers and sisters. We are Australian, no one can change us.
Priya Chandra @priyachandra
Reading the #IllRideWithYou tweets and feeling so proud of my fellow Aussies. Wish I still caught public transport & could participate.
Alan Armstrong @Alby2830
If you are one of the 99% of Australians who are decent human beings ... tell our Muslim community #IllRideWithYou
After reading the disgusting, bigoted & inflammatory comments today, my faith in humanity was semi-restored when I saw #illridewithyou
Wasim Ali @WasimAli01
Australians offer to accompany Muslim Australians in public places if they fear racist backlash using #illridewithyou hashtag. This is Unity
#illridewithyou we're all equal why would I not want to be around someone because of how they dress or their beliefs we all deserve respect