2014 Sydney Hostage Crisis

2014 Sydney Hostage Crisis

Updated Dec 15, 2014 at 07:16PM EST by Don.

Added Dec 14, 2014 at 10:22PM EST by Spirit Coyote.

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2014 Sydney Hostage Crisis was a 16-hour standoff that took place at a Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, Australia where Iranian Muslim cleric Man Haron Monis took 17 people hostage in December 2014. The siege resulted in the deaths of Monis and two hostages.


At 9:44 a.m. (AEDT) on December 15th, 2014, Monis took 17 hostages at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe at 53 Martin Place in Sydney, Australia. According to eyewitness reports,[1] Monis was carrying a "blue sports bag" and was armed with a shotgun.

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Online Reaction

On Facebook[3] and Twitter,[4] the hashtag "#sydneysiege" began trending worldwide within hours of the events unfolding. On Reddit live-updated thread[5] was created which had more than 17,000 viewers at peak. A post was also made to /r/worldnews,[6] which gathered more than 8,200 comments and 4,800 upvotes within six hours. After the attack, some Muslims in Australia expressed fear of retribution for their religion. Twitter user Micheal James retweeted a post by a man who claimed to have protected a Muslim woman wearing a hijab (shown below).

Rachael Jacobs 1 hour ago . ...I ran after her at the train station. I said 'put it back on. I'll walk with u'. She started to cry and hugged me for about a minute - then walked off alone 71 Likes 20 Comments Like Comment share Rachael Jacobs 1 hour ago ...and the (presumably) Muslim woman sitting next to me on the train silently removes her hijab 16 Likes 24 Comments Like Comment โ†’ Share Michael James Follow @MichaelJames TV This, this is what good people do. #sydneysege #MartinPlace 9:54 PM - 14 Dec 2014 2,773 RETWEETS 2,470 FAVORITES

The idea to encouraged others to follow suit and Twitter user @sirtessa launched the hashtag "#illridewithyou" to organize a buddy system and to further show support.

Sir Tessa @sirtessa Follow Maybe start a hashtag? What's in #ilidewithyou? 11:29 PM -14 Dec 2014 1,870 RETWEETS 757 FAVORITES

The hashtag soon caught on, and in 3 hours the hashtag had been used over 65,000 times,[7] causing it to go trending worldwide.[8]

Ozge Sevindik @OzgeSevindik Follow I was going to drive to work tomorrow but seeing the outpouring of support changed my mind. #illridewithyou Thank you. See you on the train! 5:29 AM - 15 Dec 2014 688 RETWEETS 1,591 FAVORITES

Uber Surge Pricing

That day, the Uber_Sydney[9] Twitter feed announced they would be raising fares in the area to "encourage more drivers to come online & pick up passengers in the area" (shown below).

Uber Sydney @Uber_Sydney Follow e are all concerned with events in CBD Fares have increased to encourage more drivers to come online & pick up passengers in the area. ใ‚t3 โ˜… RETWEETSFAVORITES 733 200 6:35 PM- 14 Dec 2014

After many criticized the company for increasing rates during the crisis, Uber published a blog post[10] announcing that Sydneysiders would be getting free rides out of the area in order to return home safely.

End of Siege

During the 16-hour stand-off proceeded, between 10 and 12 hostages managed to escape the building. At 2:14 a.m. (AEDT), police raided the building, resulting in the death of Monis and two hostages.

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