On Monday, an armed gunman busted into a cafe in Sydney, entering a tense standoff with police. After the hostage-taker displayed an Islamic flag in the cafe's window, many of Australia's Muslims became worried about the effect this would have on their daily life. There are many accounts of Australian women removing their hijab when taking public transportation in order to avoid being harassed.
In order to combat this, waves of other Australians banded together and created a safety web, offering to walk with anyone who felt unsafe due to their religious affiliation. Using the hashtag #IllRideWithYou, Australians reached out to those who felt unsafe and rode public transit together in solidarity.
Check out some of the tweets here. Faith in humanity restored once again!