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The News Minute | December 15, 2014 | 4:59 pm IST As more than twelve hours pass by with reportedly close to 30 people being held hostage at the Lindt Café in Sydney, another show of solidarity by the Australian people on social media has caught on. After the #Putoutyourbats initiative in the wake of Phil Hughes’ demise, the hashtag #illridewithyou, is trending on social media. Started by Tessa Kum, a TV content editor in Sydney, it was her way to extend a show of support to the city’s Muslim community. Tessa started the campaign after she saw tweets from someone who offered to walk with a Muslim woman when she offered to her take off her hijab in light of recent events.    This is how it started: 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. — Sir Tessa (@sirtessa) December 15, 2014 Maybe start a hashtag? What’s in #illridewithyou? — Sir Tessa (@sirtessa) December 15, 2014 A few tweets with the hashtag: Rage & hatred can be compelling feelings. But only compassion will really change the world, bit by tiny bit. #illridewithyou proves it :') — Smallpocalypse (@Ahhmandah) December 15, 2014 Could not be more proud to be Australian. #illridewithyou campaign, such a supportive and loving outcome of such a dark day💚💛🙏 #ProudAussie — Olivia Faith (@OliviaFaith92) December 15, 2014 Religion should never be used as a platform for violence or a a reason to discriminate. #illridewithyou — laura // #teamackles (@itsajensenthing) December 15, 2014 No car tomorrow so I’ll be taking the bus. I’ll be keeping an eye out for any anti-Muslim behaviour. #illridewithyou pic.twitter.com/EVrmbOFV7v — brock murley (@thebrockmurley) December 15, 2014 The initiative comes at a time where extremist forces have also taken to social media for propagation.
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