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Australians use #IllRideWithYou to stand in solidarity with Muslims

Shortly after Man Haron Monisa — a Muslim man — was identified as the suspect who held more than a dozen people hostage in a Sydney cafe Monday, the hashtag #illridewithyou started trending in Australia, and soon elsewhere, in an act of solidarity with Muslims against Islamophobia and possible reactionary violence.

The conversation began when Rachel Jacobs noticed a woman take off her hijab on a train in Australia, soon after news of the suspect broke.

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Jacobs’ story, originally posted on Facebook, gained attention once shared on Twitter. Another user posted encouragement to use a hashtag in support of Muslim culture.

Since its onset, the hashtag — arguably the most powerful of the year — has gone global, traveling beyond Australia to North and South America, Asia and Europe.


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According to Twitter Australia, the hashtag had been tweeted out more than 90,000 times as of seven hours ago.

At the time of posting, that number has since jumped to more than 247,000 tweets, according to Topsy.