#illridewithyou is trending as a show of support for Muslim Australians after #sydneysiege http://t.co/zcDEvgFHkI pic.twitter.com/57RlfV1Ir7
— ABC News (@abcnews) December 15, 2014
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With hostages still in danger and central Sydney in lockdown, residents have turned to social media to spread a message of tolerance.
Locals have became concerned about the potential for rising intolerance or aggression towards people wearing religious dress.
One woman started what soon blossomed into a social media campaign to stand in solidarity with the city’s Muslims.
Tessa Kum, a TV content editor and writer living in Sydney, told Guardian Australia she acted after seeing a tweet from Michael James. She then posted offering her company to anyone in religious attire on her route.
Fellow Twitter users swiftly joined in, offering their support.
Others picked a broader context to reinforce the statement. And, much like the #putoutyourbats tribute to Phillip Hughes, the idea has caught on.