Following the siege in Sydney on Monday and reports that some Muslims are too scared to take public transport for fear of verbal or physical attacks, a local Sydneysider told Twitter that if you “wear religious attire and don’t feel safe alone: I’ll ride with you.”
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
Soon after, the hashtag #illridewithyou took off, with other Sydney locals showing their support.
Within hours the hashtag was trending around Australia and the world as other countries woke to the news of the siege in Sydney.
There were over 40,000 tweets in two hours using the hashtag #illridewithyou across the globe, with tweeters from other countries showing solidarity with Muslim commuters.
— Twitter Australia (@TwitterAU) December 15, 2014
— SaQiB (@Saqiology) December 15, 2014
Father Bob commented that hashtags like #illridewithyou and the massive outpouring of support and understanding for Muslims “may well be our finest communitarian hour”.
Celebrities and other famous personalities came out to show their support for the Muslim community, including actor Eddie Perfect tweeting his invitation to ride with someone on trams in Melbourne tomorrow.
The messages all had the same hidden meaning: that terrorists will never win.
#illridewithyou it doesn’t matter what nationality, faith or colour you are, we are all one. Terrorists will never win or defeat us!
— Shannon Beveridge (@shannonbeveridg) December 15, 2014