Sydney-siders have been transfixed this afternoon by the hostage drama at the Lindt chocolate shop in Martin Place. It is extraordinary the media coverage that one lone gunman can engender. Some reprehensible (you can guess which) media outlets have been exploiting the drama to fan the flames of Islamaphobia but the response of ordinary Australians has been swift.
Someone (tweeter sirtessa) offered to travel with people wearing religious clothing who might feel unsafe and labelled it with the twitter hashtag #illridewithyou.
Within 3 hours 65,000 (yes, sixty five thousand) other people offered to ride with those feeling threatened. People are writing tags for their bags so they
can be identified and someone is printing buttons.
One tweeter wrote " hate can't win against hate, but love can."
Addendum (Tuesday morning): This is Russell Brand's take on the events yesterday.
Overnight Rupert Murdoch has been online
praising the efforts of his newspaper the Daily Telegraph but most are appalled by the fear-mongering of this publication.