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Australia's Heartfelt Response To Hostage Situation

I’ll Ride With You


As you’re probably already aware, there is a current hostage situation in Australia where a gunman is holding hostages within a Lindt coffee shop.

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During the siege, a black Islamic flag was stuck to the window. The flag is one often associated with terror groups and ISIS, though it is not the flag that ISIS currently uses.

During times where we face issues such as these, some people will unfortunately blindly blame entire races and religions for the misdeeds of a few.

Fearing this backlash however, Australians have banded together to keep their community safe with the I’ll Ride With You hashtag.

With the hashtag, people are calling out to Muslims and all those who would fear for their safety when they travel following on from this hostage situation. This is due to certain people feeling it necessary to attack anyone with any racial or religious relation to the gunman in a revenge act. Not the smartest move, no. But I don’t think people who feel that this is an answer really have a shred of wide thinking.

This is the right responses when faced with these issues. It’s very important to remember that extremists only ever speak for themselves in the most violent and selfish ways. No one should ever be held accountable for what these people claim to represent.

Take a look at some of the #illridewithyou tweets here:




Prime Minister Tony Abbott said it was ‘profoundly shocking that people were being held hostage by an armed person claiming political motivation.’

He went on to say that: ‘Australia is a peaceful, open and generous society - nothing should ever change that and that's why I would urge all Australians today to go about their business as usual.’

At the time of writing this article, some hostages have escaped but many are still being held.

Police negotiators say that they have made contact with the gunman but no news has come concerning his agenda.

The Australian Muslim community released a statement condemning the gunman.
'His eminence the Grand Mufti, the Australian National Imams Council and the Muslim community express their full support and solidarity with the victims and their families and aspire to a peaceful resolve to this calamity.' 
The statement went on to say that: 'The Arabic inscription on the black flag is not representative of a political statement, but reaffirms a testimony of faith that has been misappropriated by misguide individuals that represent no one but themselves.'

Australia stands united. Just as any nation should in the face of such adversities. Their statements of peace should be followed by all. 

For now, let’s just hope for the safety of the hostages.


#illridewithyou


Tom has just graduated from University of East London in Creative and Professional Writing. He loves writing and is currently interning as a content writer hoping to go further. His other loves include Arnold Schwarzenegger films and his dog. Follow him @TomAtSMF

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