A hostage situation at a cafe in downtown Sydney, Australia, has rocked the country, but its people have found a way to stand as one.
The hashtag "illridewithyou" is making its rounds, with more than 50,000 tweets mentioning it.
The hashtag is an offer from Australians to ride on public transport with any Muslim.
The string of tweets are believed to have been started by an Australian - Rachael Jacobs - who offered to walk with a Muslim woman who had apparently taken off her headscarf, or hijab, to avoid being identified as a Muslim.
This solidarity against anti-Muslim sentiment is in the wake of fears that the hostage incident is linked to Islamic militant action.
Some of the hostages held by a gunman at the Lindt Cafe in downtown Sydney were seen holding a black flag with white Arabic writing, according to Australian reports.
Wire agency AFP reported that the wordings on the flag appeared to be the shahada, or profession of faith in Islam, and could be translated as: "There is no god but Allah; Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah."
An unknown number of people are being held, after five of them earlier fled.
See here, how the Internet world is rejoicing over the Australian spirit.
— Michael James (@MichaelJames_TV) December 15, 2014
Our spirits soar when we see #illridewithyou. Humanity wins when we move beyond our fears. Sydney has shown how to do this the right way.
— Arvind Jha (@jalajboy) December 15, 2014
#illridewithyou The things that unite Australians will always be infinitely greater than any thing or any one that seeks to divide us.
— Matthew Guy MP (@MatthewGuyMP) December 15, 2014
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!
— Ozge Sevindik (@OzgeSevindik) December 15, 2014
A kind lady named Mica drove me home after a cab that we shared from Sydney'sCBD wasn't able to drop me off all the way home #illridewithyou
— Mariam Veiszadeh (@MariamVeiszadeh) December 15, 2014
At the same time, there are those who decided to take selfies at the location of the incident.
— Sakir Khader (@sakirkhader) December 15, 2014
— GemmaTognini (@GemmaTognini) December 15, 2014
They are not getting any love from the Internet community.
— Kattify (@katietofler) December 15, 2014
— j a c k y (@sheasiantoo) December 15, 2014
Mr Michael Netzley, a social media expert from the Singapore Management University, said that taking a selfie in the context of someone's suffering is "poor form".
"This is using the misfortune of others to promote yourself," he explained.
He added that what cuts out the ambiguity in whether those selfies are right are wrong is the clear establishment of the context.