15 December, 2014. 12:14
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | [email protected]
The tense ordeal now known as the Martin Place Siege, came to a close in the early hours of the morning when hostages fled from the Sydney cafe after being held for more than 16 hours. A police raid followed shortly after, one which resulted in the death of the gunman behind the siege, Man Horan Monis.
Australians were watching the events take place with many taking to social media to help diffuse any predjudice and hysteria that may arise out yesterdays’ events.
With both the #illridewithyou campaign trending worldwide, alongside Betoota’s very own #cannotwin campaign, the public as well as the media have worked very hard to ensure that yesterday’s drama did not result in a racial tensions throughout greater Sydney – sadly this did not prevent the small-town “lone wolves” of social media from sharing outdated Islamophobic A Current Affair videos.
While Australia cringes at the many racist and xenophobic attitudes that were revealed, the hostage situation panned out far more positively than originally thought.
It would appear that in his final hours – the future of the delusional gunman behind the Martin Place hostage crisis, Man Haron Monis, was looking far more grim than he would have originally hoped.
Not only had he been outsmarted by an extremely competent NSW Police force, but it would seem he was denounced by those that he considered to be his peers.
One Muslim spokesperson told the Betoota Advocate that Monis was very far from a representative of their faith:
“OF COURSE WE F**KING CONDEMN HIM!”
Man Haron Monis, a self-proclaimed Islamic “Sheikh” and alleged sexual predator, has been identified as the gunman holding multiple people hostage in an hours-long standoff in a café in Sydney, according to Australian media.
Overnight hostages reportedly spoke to Australian television stations and identified their captor, though police requested outlets not publish it at the time.
Channel Seven CEO, Kerrod Skipper, says that the best negotiators in the country were brought in by the police throughout the days events, in a hope to prevent the situation from worsening.
“They had the best shrinks in the country on the phone trying to tell this stupid prick that he was running out of options. He thought he was going to end up as some sort of martyr… Mate, he was either going to end up as bullet-peppered corpse or some skinhead’s pin cushion”
It has since been revealed by authorities that the man at the centre of this siege, the late Man Haron Monis, was already designated his own quarters in the notorious high-maximum security prison – Goulburn Correctional Centre.
NSW spokesperson, Jed Sanderson, has stated that a NSW police bullet may have, in fact, saved Monis from a lifetime of hell at the hands of the skinhead nationalists he was expected to be “bunking” with.