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Nadine Elali

I’ll ride with you

Australians pledge to support Muslim commuters

#IllRideWithYou gains popularity as Australians pledge to support Muslim commuters (Source:  www.inquisitr.com)

A Muslim jihadist took 17 hostages yesterday at the Lindt Chocolate Café in central Sydney, Australia. Reports identified the gunman as Man Haron Monis, an Iranian-born Islamist with a criminal history. The siege ended 17 hours later when Australian authorities raided the building leaving Monis dead along with two other hostages.

 

In fear that the unfortunate events may spark a general hatred against fellow Muslim Australians, and in order to protect them from possible hate crimes, locals launched an unprecedented campaign on social media offering to accompany people in religious attire while commuting from one destination to another.

 

The campaign kicked off when Tessa Kum, a Sydney based TV content editor and writer tweeted: “If you reg take the #373 bus b/w Coogee/MartinPl, wear religious attire, & don’t feel safe alone: I’ll ride with you. @ me for schedule.”

 

Kum told Buzzfeed that she was moved when she heard about a Muslim woman who removed her hijab while riding the train. She was then offered company by someone who saw her and who understood that she was afraid of being the victim of a hate crime.

 

Soon the hashtag “#illridewithyou” began circulating in order to give support to Muslims who do not condone terrorism but are being blamed for it nonetheless.

#IllRideWithYou gains popularity as Australians pledge to support Muslim commuters (Source: www.inquisitr.com)

She was then offered company by someone who saw her and who understood that she was afraid of being a victim of a hate crime."