Sydney siege: Australians come together to fight Islamophobia with #IllRideWithYou

A bright spot in the midst of a terrible developing story.

Global News

TORONTO – In a show of solidarity, many Australians took to Twitter to share messages of support to members of the Muslim community who may fear backlash from the developing hostage situation at a Sydney cafe.

The hashtag #IllRideWithYou began to trend Monday after a Sydney resident wrote on Facebook she had seen a woman quietly removing her hijab on public transit.

“I ran after her at the train station. I said ‘put it back on. I’ll walk with [you]’,” Rachael Jacobs wrote. “She started to cry and hugged me for about a minute – then walked off alone.”

Shortly after Jacobs’ Facebook posting, Twitter user Sir Tessa echoed the message by tweeting, “If you reg take the #373 bus b/w Coogee/MartinPl, wear religious attire, & don’t feel safe alone: I’ll ride…

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